Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: May 2014 Edition

Jodorowsky’s Dune – Regent Square Theater

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In 1975, cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (El TopoHoly Mountain) began adapting Frank Herbert‘s Dune into a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. He enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (Dark Star, Alien), artist H.R. Giger, and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made. Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. The film chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films and establish Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time. Jodorowsky’s Dune opens at the Regent Square Theater on May 9th.

God’s Pocket – Harris Theater

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Christina Hendricks and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman star in this deliciously twisted comedy directed by Mad Men‘s John Slattery. When Mickey’s (Hoffman) crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction “accident,” nobody in the working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay. Also stars John Turturro and Richard Jenkins. God’s Pocket screens at the Harris Theater from May 16th through May 29th.

Chef – Manor Theatre

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When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen—and zest for life and love. Chef opens at the Manor Theatre on May 23rd.

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