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Fall Indie Film Preview

6 August 2009 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Prepare to see stars in your local arthouse as the summer turns to fall. Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore will all grace celluloid in the coming months. There are new films from star directors -- Tarantino! Campion! Soderbergh! Coen brothers! Even the new documentaries are driven by stars -- Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," LeBron James' "More Than a Game" and Anna Wintour's "The September Issue." And then, as Matt Singer will tell you, there are breakout stars who you should start catching up with now. In between, there's epic animation ("Ponyo" and "9"), an astounding array of asskicking ("Ong Bak 2" and "Black Dynamite") and Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," proving there's there's just about something for everyone this fall at the multiplex. (And if not there, make sure to check out what films you can catch in the comfort of your own home on demand, »

- Stephen Saito

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Minor Crises

5 August 2009 4:26 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Whether he likes it or not -- and we're talking about a director whose characters feel so much ambivalence that you can practically see it radiating off of them in waves -- Andrew Bujalski has become the patron saint of the burgeoning grassroots indie movement misleadingly known as mumblecore. (The people in these films may not know for sure what they want, but they articulate their rococo indecision loud and clear.) To be honest, it's a movement I've mostly resisted thus far, if only because movies are among my few avenues of escape from dithering white postgrads. But while Bujalski's first two features, "Funny Ha Ha" (2002) and "Mutual Appreciation" (2005), too frequently come across as less than the sum of their circumlocutions, his latest effort, "Beeswax," represents an encouraging leap forward. For the first time, he's placed his hapless folk within a recognizable real-world milieu -- one in which people have »

- Mike D'Angelo

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