A new independent drama starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A History of Violence) is seeing a limited theatrical release this Friday. Written and directed by Matt Ross (The Aviator, Silicon Valley), Captain Fantastic tells the story of a man who raises and home schools his six children in the countryside. After his wife commits suicide, however, they are forced to move into the city, and he soon discovers the children are not prepared for the realities of life in the city. The film won Un Certain Regard Award for directing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and also took home the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring in the film are actors George McKay (Defiance, Pride), Samantha Isler (Sean Saves the World, Dig Two Graves), Annalise Besso (Standing Up, Oculus), Nicholas Hamilton (Long Shadows, Strangerland), Shree Crooks (Ray Donovan, American Horror Story), Charlie Shotwell (The Comedians, Shot Down), and comedic vets Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman, Sahara) and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation). Judging from the trailer, it looks really well done; Mortensen seems to give a heartfelt performance, and the story delves deep into matters of child rearing, negligence, and abuse. If you get a chance to see this in theaters I would definitely take advantage.
Also on the Indie schedule for this week is a Stephen King adaptation titled Cell starring John Cusak (Hot Tub Time Machine, 2012) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) about a strange cell phone signal that brings on the apocalypse, drawing an artist to reunite with his estranged son before the chaos engulfs humanity. A documentary titled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is also seeing a limited release. Following the life of political activist and television writer/producer Norman Lear, the documentary chronicles his extensive career from All in the Family, to The Jeffersons, to Good Times. If you’re in the theaters this weekend, any of these will be worth your time; just check your local listings first!