September/October 2014by film forum | created - 29 Apr 2014 | updated - 27 Jul 2014 | Public
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1. Joe (I) (2013)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama
An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.
Votes: 44,432 | Gross: $0.37M
Already on DVD, streaming, etc. Excellent film--just saw it, but likely old news by Sept.-- ES
2. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.
Votes: 87,126 | Gross: $1.88M
3. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Votes: 12,693 | Gross: $1.51M
4. Cold in July (2014)
R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller
When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.
Votes: 33,412 | Gross: $0.41M
5. Sabotage (2014)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Votes: 57,689 | Gross: $10.51M
6. In Your Eyes (2014)
Not Rated | 106 min | Fantasy, Romance
Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other's experiences, creating a bond that apparently can't be broken.
8. The Drop (2014)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Votes: 138,572 | Gross: $10.72M
10. Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »
Votes: 14,930 | Gross: $0.03M
11. Grace of Monaco (2014)
Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
13. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Votes: 62,260 | Gross: $10.51M
14. The Trip to Italy (2014)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.
Votes: 14,397 | Gross: $2.87M
15. Wish I Was Here (2014)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.
Votes: 35,888 | Gross: $3.59M
16. Ballet 422 (2014)
PG | 75 min | Documentary, Music, Sport
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.
Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.33M
17. Happy Christmas (2014)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama
After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.
Votes: 7,507 | Gross: $0.03M
19. The House I Live In (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Votes: 5,105 | Gross: $0.21M
20. Young Ice (2014)
15 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
Young filmmaker, Derek Hallquist travels to Barrow, Alaska on a chance invitation from Dr Paul Shepson to document Atmospheric Chemistry and the melting sea ice. With a background in ... See full summary »
21. We Are the Best! (2013)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music
Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Votes: 9,743 | Gross: $0.18M
Big crowd-pleaser buzz for this one. Seems like it should be a priority to get. -- ES
22. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of ... See full summary »
23. Ping Pong Summer (2014)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.
Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $0.03M
Maybe we could get local producer Marcus Dean Fuller to talk? Good for early Sept., if the timing worked. And I know the director, though he lives in Austin. -- ES
24. Chinese Puzzle (2013)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.
Votes: 13,008 | Gross: $0.34M
This is the third in the series behind Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls from director Cedric Klapisch -- Lisa
25. Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.
My very good friend is the social impact strategist on this film and I'm sure would be willing to come and introduce the film and do a Q&A/presentation after -- Lisa
26. The Cold Lands (2013)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama
When his self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, Atticus flees deep into the forests surrounding his Catskills home. Wandering the woods in shock, relying on what meager food and shelter he ... See full summary »
Eric and I recently met a friend of Tom Gilroy, the filmmaker, who thought Tom would be very happy to come and do a Meet the Filmmaker event for this one. It was filmed in Rensselaerville and the boy who starred in it is local as well. Also stars Lili Taylor and Michael Stipe did the soundtrack. -- Lisa
27. Mr. Turner (2014)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.
Votes: 23,741 | Gross: $3.96M
About the artist J.M.W. Turner -- I don't think it's being released until the fall but I wanted to get it on the list -- Lisa
28. Boyhood (I) (2014)
R | 165 min | Drama
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Votes: 328,012 | Gross: $25.38M
New Richard Linklater film -- filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast including Ethan Hawke -- I think it did well at Sundance -- Lisa
29. Ida (2013)
PG-13 | 82 min | Drama
A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.
Votes: 50,829 | Gross: $3.83M
Polish film - looks amazing -- great reviews so far -- Lisa
30. Words and Pictures (2013)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.
Votes: 9,760 | Gross: $2.17M
Before Bowtie this is the type of film that would do very well for us, if it doesn't come to Bowtie it still might -- Lisa
It's currently playing at Bowtie -- ES
31. The Immigrant (2013)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Votes: 28,778 | Gross: $2.01M
Not sure if this was at Bowtie but could potentially do well for us -- Lisa
32. A World Not Ours (2012)
93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
An intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives,... See full summary »
33. Dior and I (2014)
R | 90 min | Documentary
Votes: 3,414 | Gross: $1.03M
A documentary about the House of Dior today and chief designer Raf Simons, screened at Tribeca Film Festival. From the same filmmaker who made the Diana Vreeland and Valentino films, both of which were very well done. Bowtie would never show this -- Lisa
34. Frank (II) (2014)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Votes: 73,134 | Gross: $0.64M
Great buzz on this indie music-themed film starring Michael Fassbender. -- ES
35. Elena (II) (2012)
80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the ... See full summary »
36. American Interior (2014)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
In 1792, John Evans, a farmhand from Snowdonia travelled to America to discover whether there was a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe walking the Great Plains. Over 200 years later, ... See full summary »
Interesting-looking music/history-oriented doc by Gruff Rhys, singer for the cult-favorite band Super Furry Animals. -- ES
37. Alive Inside (2014)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News
Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
Votes: 2,903 | Gross: $0.15M
Looks like a moving doc about how music affects people, especially during the later years of life. -- ES
38. Ivory Tower (2014)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Family, History
A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.
Votes: 1,253 | Gross: $0.10M
Good possibility for a ITPI screening? -- ES
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Votes: 15,114 | Gross: $0.05M
If we could really aim this one at Skidmore students and young professionals, could be a good turnout. -- ES
40. The Expedition to the End of the World (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy
A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.
Votes: 471 | Gross: $0.04M
A group of explorers travel to uncharted waters that used to be ice near Greenland. Good buzz and interesting climate change, scientific exploration angle. -- ES
41. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
Votes: 38,877 | Gross: $5.28M
Looks like a good indie dramedy, with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Possible crowd pleaser? -- ES
42. To Be Takei (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.
Votes: 1,450 | Gross: $0.05M
Could be fun, especially since he's become such an online icon. -- ES
43. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.
Votes: 10,616 | Gross: $0.28M
I'm a huge Nick Cave fan, and this looks fascinating. Not sure how it'd play for the non-Cave aficionado, though. -- ES
44. Snowpiercer (2013)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
Votes: 290,828 | Gross: $4.56M
This has been playing at the Spectrum but didn't make it to Saratoga. Rave reviews and great RT scores. Dystopian thriller with prestige actors. -- ES
45. Of Horses and Men (2013)
Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception.
Votes: 2,957 | Gross: $0.01M
46. Belle (2013)
PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance