Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh – August 2014 Edition

Boyhood – Regent Square Theater

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents, and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, Samantha, the film charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Boyhood opens August 1st at Regent Square Theater.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – Hollywood Theater

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In his directorial debut, Mike Myers (Wayne’s World, Austin Powers) documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will screen at the Hollywood Theater on August 7th, August 8th, and August 10th.

Texas Chain Saw Massacre – Melwood Screening Room

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In 1974, director Tobe Hooper redefined the boundaries of horror with his seminal slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Shot and set during a scorching summer in rural Texas, the classic work follows five young people who become victims of the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and his backwoods clan. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, a newly restored 4k transfer of the film, all taken from the original 16mm A/B rolls, returns to theaters. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre re-release will screen at the Melwood Screening Room on August 22nd and August 23rd and on August 29th and August 30th.

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