A Little Chaos - Opens July 10th
A romantic drama following Sabine, a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV. Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist.
"Kate Winslet, playing a pioneering seventeenth-century gardener in the French court of Louis XIV, is the best thing about the film." - Time Out.
"Romantic and funny and smart and wise and just plain different. This is a historical costume dramedy romp about gardening. How cool is that?" - Flick Filosopher.
"Winslet is typically commanding in the lead and there are entertaining flourishes from Rickman, Jennifer Ehle and Stanley Tucci." - The Scotsman.
116 min., Rated R.
Cartel Land - Opens July 24th
In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed.
"Cartel Land [is a] spellbinding, verite documentary -- a frontline look at the murderous Mexican drug cartels." - Hollywood Reporter.
"Cartel Land feels like Breaking Bad in real life, with characters even more complicated and controversial than Walter White." - Newsweek.
"Deftly edited, and filmed with a feel for the deadly volatility of drug violence." - Screen International.
98 min., Unrated.
The Stanford Prison Experiment - Opens July 31st
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
"Alvarez’s clinical but deeply engrossing execution of the drama is mesmerizing in its directness." - The Playlist
"Using real transcripts, and with the involvement of Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who was the psychologist who designed the project in the first place, Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez have opted to aim for something authentic and honest." - Hitflix
"Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script. The Stanford Prison Experiment begins with giggles but ends in full psychological break." - The Guardian
122 min., Rated R.
Infinitely Polar Bear - Opens August 7th
Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes.
"Ruffalo, a master of rumpled befuddlement, finds his signature role here-it can't be overstated how deftly he eases into the tricky creation, a blue-blooded slacker who aches when the world won't hug him back." - Time Out.
"Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut." - Variety.
"Infinitely Polar Bear stands as a reassurance that even in imperfect households, everything can still turn out all right. The key, maybe, is in laughing at what's truly ridiculous, and in laughing your way through what hurts, too." - Village Voice.
90 min., Rated R.
The Tribe - Opens August 14th
Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school's hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.
"Actions, emotions and desperate impulses speak far louder than words in The Tribe, a formally audacious coup de cinema that marks a stunning writing-directing debut for Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy." - Variety.
"The use of sign language, deafness and silence itself adds several heady new ingredients to the base material, alchemically creating something rich, strange and very original." - Hollywood Reporter.
"Beyond the film-stealing, hypnotic use of sign-language, what we get is a bleak vision of a society gone to pot."- Time Out.
134 min., Unrated.