In this stunning debut feature, writer/director Matthew Petock offers a lyrical portrait of fragmented family life in rural Virginia. Sheryl works as a housekeeper by day, and by night searches for love at a dead-end community dance hall. Meanwhile, her two sons are in the throes of sexual discovery. Fifteen year-old Marc is desperate to lose his virginity, and takes ill-conceived romantic advice from his coworker at a used car lot. And his eleven year-old brother, Stephen, becomes infatuated with his summer school teacher while hoping to win the approval of a group of peers who adamantly detest her. Gorgeously photographed with stark honesty, these glimpses of small-town woe capture at once the singularities and similarities of adolescent and middle-aged longing. MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Sean (Colm O'Leary), an Irish immigrant to America, returning from a non-combat tour of duty in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends Ike (Will Oldham), a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure his salvation.
Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade, lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves? At the core of I Smile Back’s power is an indelible performance by Sarah Silverman, who reinvents herself as a dramatic actress in the career-defining, intensely layered, and heartbreaking role of Laney. Deftly directed by Adam Salky (Dare, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), I Smile Back is at times darkly humorous but also harrowing and unflinching as an authentic, humanizing portrait that offers no easy resolution for a damaged woman struggling to come to terms with herself.
Chronicles two summer days in the life of a young recent family: Lena, 17, and Joe, 20, two recent and accidental parents residing in a diverse suburban neighborhood in northeast Baltimore City. MPAA Rating: PG The Hamilton Film Group
This film is the belief that the protagonist Siddharth Ray comes to realize as he rediscovers bonds of friendship on his return to India from New York after 12 years. The film travels with Siddharth as he explores equations with his past to rebuild friendships with his four friends whom he grew up with in a small town in Himachal Pradesh in India. Unraveled in a genre similar to Cinema Paradiso, a large part of the film happens in flashbacks about that one summer that changed Siddharth's life forever. The film shows Siddharth, as a successful, computer engineer based in New York City. He owns a big software company but leads a lonely life. One day, suddenly, his mother passes away and he is forced to make a journey back to India. As he travels back to his hometown from the US, he remembers the most important summer of his life. The summer of 1996. In a flashback we see Siddharth as a simple guy in a small town, who loves writing poetry, he hangs out with his friends Tino, Bobby, Susheel (Suzy) and Sam, all of whom form the Kasauli Cowboys. Sam is the larger than life extroverted hero of the gang and he is also Siddharth's best friend. As the summer unravels we see Sid, Sam and the boys enjoy a rollercoaster ride, experiencing the agony and ecstasy of growing up. We see their world through Siddharth's young eyes as he chronicles everything in his diary, forming enviable bonds of friendship, trust, jealousy and love. During that summer a young girl called Nayantara and her sister come into town. Siddharth falls in love with her but is too introverted and shy to commit. The girls join the group, triggering off a complex chain of events. The summer now unfolds more dramatically as the boys make detrimental choices - of love, sex, friendship, jealousy, heartbreaks and betrayal, finally leading to broken bonds of friendship. When Siddharth lands in India from the US, ghosts from his youth loom up. He finally overcomes the complications and sets right all the wrongs done in his past and rediscovers the bonds of friendship. In the end Siddharth goes back to New York a better man; reconciled with his past and most importantly, rediscovering a happier today. He returns to New York with the belief that friendship is indeed like Purani Jeans, the older the better.
Pawel Pawlikowski's BAFTA award-winning film juxtaposes the secret longings of two very different young women: Mona (Natalie Press), who's bored and tired of poverty, and Tamsin (Emily Blunt), who's long ceased to be impressed with her well-heeled lifestyle. When their worlds collide unexpectedly, Mona and Tamsin sense an immediate attraction. But can their unusual friendship survive their differences?
Bill (Michael Sheen of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, FROST/NIXON) and Kate's (Maria Bello of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE COMPANY MEN) already strained marriage is tested when their college-age son commits a shocking act of violence that reverberates across the country. As they struggle numbly through the media onslaught and the awkward pity from relatives and friends, they are forced to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery, and - ultimately - hope, so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.
Ahmad is a young boy who wants to unravel the mystery of his dead mother who still comes to him in dreams. He undertakes an incredible journey to find out where he came from and the secrets his father never told him.
This searing drama charts the emotional odyssey of a struggling novelist (James Franco) whose life is turned upside down one wintry night when following a fatal car accident. The incident sets him on a soul-searching, decades-long journey towards redemption, a quest that profoundly touches the lives of both his girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) and the accident victim's mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
Alexis and Jonathan are two brothers from Puerto Rico that were separated after a terrible family tragedy. After 17 years, Alexis has become a doctor while Jonathan has become entangled with a dangerous group of people. One day, suddenly, Alexis packs up his things and moves to Los Angeles on a mission to reconnect with his long lost brother. The two brothers meet and are forced to face their past, themselves and try to restore the bonds of brotherhood.
LICKS follows the story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after serving two years in prison for a robbery gone wrong. In the days after his release, we are taken into D's world while he navigates the harsh realities that plague his inner city community. His judgment is tested by the insidious influences around him, forcing D to decide what direction to take his life.