This weekend is slim pickings for new releases, as Star Wars and other December releases continue to dominate screens. Sony’s remake of The Grudge is the only new wide release in theaters this weekend, and I’ve included it in this week’s post because with only two new indie releases, there is plenty of space.
Don’t Be a Dick About It
Writer/Director: Ben Mullinkosson
Storyline: Growing up in a loving home, brothers Peter and Matthew are crazy about each other, but also constantly at each other’s throats. Displaying their individual idiosyncrasies—Peter is obsessed with the TV show Survivor, while younger brother Matthew struggles to overcome his intense fear of dogs—the brothers spend one formative summer in their suburban Maryland neighborhood.
What you should know: Won the IFDA Audience Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
Opens in: Los Angeles
City of Joel
Writer: Federico Rosenzvit
Director: Jesse Sweet
Storyline: 50 miles north of New York City, the town of Monroe is a microcosm for a hyper-partisan and divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hassidic sect and their secular neighbors erupts into a turf war.
What you should know: Director Jesse Sweet is responsible for directing and producing many other documentary films and series.
Opens in: Select theaters and available on demand
Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin
Writer: Nicolas Pesce, Jeff Buhler
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Plot: A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
What you should know: Based on the 2002 film from Takashi Shimizu, Ju-on: The Grudge.
Opens in: Wide release
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What have you been watching lately? Seeing anything this weekend?