Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Regent Square Theater
Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. Set against the backdrop of 1970′s Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints screens at the Regent Square Theater from Aug. 30th to Sept. 12th.
Blackfish – Harris Theater
Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Blackfish plays at the Harris Theater from Aug. 30th to Sept. 15th.
Salinger – Manor Theatre
This documentary from director Shane Salerno features interviews with 150 subjects, among them Salinger’s friends, colleagues, and members of his inner circle, as they expand on the author’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. Through never-before-seen film footage, photographs and other material, the work gets beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world, and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010. Salinger opens at the Manor Theatre on Sept. 13th.