Independent Film Highlights…

This week will see a number of indie projects open in select theaters across the country. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a mystery thriller from horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) surrounding a psychologist working with a boy young boy who suffers after a near-fatal fall. The film was penned by actor Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March), whose late father Anthony was an Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for such gems as The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jamie Dornan (Marie Antionette, Fifty Shades of Grey), Aiden Longworth (Cut Bank, Hector and the Search for Happiness), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man, Enemy), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings) star in the film, which is based on a novel by Liz Jensen.

Askewniverse creator Kevin Smith is continuing with his True North Trilogy project with a new film called Yoga Hosers. Taking place in the same world as his previous film Tusk but in a slightly different reality, Yoga Hosers follows two teenage yoga enthusiasts who go to battle with an evil presence who threatens their party plans with the help of a renowned man-hunter. Lily-Rose Depp (Tusk, The Dancer) and Harley Quinn Smith (Jersey Girl, Clerks 2), that’s Johnny Depp‘s and Kevin Smith’s daughters, star in the leading roles alongside Adam Brody (The Ring, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Live Free or Die Hard). With two Hollywood proteges stealing the screen, it’ll be interesting to see both Smith’s second installment (that will hopefully be more comedy and less gory) as well as how these up-and-coming stars follow in their fathers’ footsteps.

Finally, a new film called Max Rose from director Daniel Noah (Twelve, Believers) is opening in New York City this weekend. The film is actor Jerry Lewis‘s first film in some years, having decided to return after reading director Noah’s script, which follows a jazz who makes a discovery that causes him to question the truth about his 65 year marriage and sends him on an adventure of rediscovery. Critics have not been too quick to praise the film, even going so far as to say Lewis’s presence in the film is all that makes it worth seeing. But then what do critics know right? It was still an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, and judging by the trailer there’s definitely some artistic value behind it. Anyway if you happen to be in New York this week, consider seeing this one if you get a chance. Enjoy!

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