The late August doldrums are winding down, bringing to close another eventful summer movie season. As fall rolls in with a wave of fresh new films, Pittsburgh can expect some must-see limited releases among them, starting with this month.
2 Days in New York – Manor Theater
Julie Delpy‘s follow-up to her 2007 directorial debut 2 Days in Paris catches up with her character Marion, who’s now living in New York with Mingus (Chris Rock) and their two young children from previous relationships. Their cozy life is disrupted, however, when Marion’s father (played by Delpy’s real-life dad, Albert), her over sexed sister, Rose, and Rose’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit that tests Marion and Mingus’s relationship. If this sequel is half as entertaining as the original, it should make for one satisfying experience. 2 Days in New York is now playing at the Manor Theater.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Harris Theater
First-time filmmaker Alison Klayman directed this documentary on Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry opens at the Harris Theater on Aug. 31st.
The Imposter – Hollywood Theater
Part true-crime documentary, part stylish noir mystery, The Imposter uses a mix of dramatizations, interviews and actual documents to unravel the bizarre real-life disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace in 1994. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances–but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. The thrilling documentary opens on Sept. 14th at the Hollywood Theater.
Sleepwalk With Me – Regent Square Theater
Based on Mike Birbiglia’s successful one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me turned his personal storytelling into one of the most talked about comedies of the year. Birbiglia directed, co-wrote and stars as a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship with his girlfriend, Abby (Lauren Ambrose), and bouts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Produced and co-written by NPR host, Ira Glass, the film features a stellar supporting cast that includes a sampling from the who’s who of today’s stand-up scene. Sleepwalk With Me opens on Sept. 14th at the Regent Square Theater.