Best Limited Releases Coming to Pittsburgh: July Edition

Lola Versus – AMC Loews Waterfront

Indie darling Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, Damsels in Distress) leads this romantic comedy about a New York grad student who suffers a meltdown after being dumped by her fiance. And just weeks before their wedding! What’s a grown woman to do? Alright, we all know how these things go – a quirky best friend, a new love interest, et cetera – but the film might offer the kind of escapism desired by bored twenty-somethings after an afternoon of shopping at Urban Outfitters. Lola Versus is now playing at AMC Loews Waterfront.

Color Me Obsessed – Hollywood Theater

Considered one of the pioneers of alt rock, ’80s punk band The Replacements generated one of music’s most devoted cult followings. Unlike most rock documentaries, Color Me Obsessed relies on fans and critics to tell the influential group’s story. The film’s writer, director and producer Gorman Bechard collected interviews from both ordinary and well-known devotees – including members of Husker Du, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Hold Steady and The Decemberists – all of whom try to explain the appeal of The Replacements, resulting in what Village Voice critic, Peter Gerstenzang, calls “a rock version of Rashomon.” Color Me Obsessed will screen at the Hollywood Theater on July 15th and July 16th.

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Manor Theater

Director Benh Zeitlin‘s debut film dominated the festival circuit, taking home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Golden Camera award at Cannes. It follows Hushpuppy, a little girl who sets out to find her estranged mother after her father falls ill and environmental changes cause ancient beasts to rise. The film features a story rich with magical realism, acclaimed cinematography, and a stand-out performance from child actress, Quvenzhané Wallis. The imaginative, off-beat selection opens at the Manor Theater on July 20th.

Dark Horse – Harris Theater

Director Todd Solondz specializes in darkly funny and unsettling visions of middle-class America (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness), and Dark Horse is no exception. It stars Jordan Gelber as Abe, a thirtysomething loser who pursues a sullen, introverted woman played by Selma Blair. Their unlikely romance looks possible, until moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much and tragedy ensues. I’m not a huge Solondz fan, but I would watch this film just for the pleasure of seeing Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken in their roles as Abe’s weary parents. Dark Horse opens at the Harris Theater on July 20th.

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