Among the many films showing this year at the 14th annual Independent Film Festival Boston, expect to hear more about the “Newtown” documentary, the danger-filled drama “The Fits” and the delightful “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”
The good news about the latest Marvel project to land on the screen is that it’s livelier and more entertaining than the other “Avenger” offerings – even if this one technically waves the “Captain America” banner.
Somerville Open Studios and public art at MIT; the MASSDestruction Robot Competition; Taza Chocolates’ Cinco de Mayo Block Party or Harvard Pow Wow; Black Market art/flea/record/artisan market or Club Passim Benefit CD and Vinyl Sale; and 33rd Annual Mayfair.
With a mess of movies to choose from, here are a few highlights to check out to keep from being overwhelmed by the lineup at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston.
Remarkably ambitious and anxiously taut from its opening shots to its closing, the success of “Green Room” isn’t found in its jump scares or gore (although both are plentiful) but in its realistic approach to both.
Record Hospital Fest 2016; Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”; “The Muppet Movie” Singalong; Tchaikovsky, Webern and Bartók with the Parker Quartet; and The Court Stenographers of Comedy Present!
Melissa McCarthy is as deftly nimble a comedienne as they come these days. It’s a shame, then, that such a wonderfully vibrant performer ends up in a film that can barely stagger to her level of commitment.
What makes a good life? Health, love, money, career success? Exploring that question – and arguing for simplicity – is the basis for Pamela Tanner Boll’s documentary “A Small Good Thing,” which gets a free screening and filmmaker Q&A on Monday.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée, ever a plumber of the human condition, digs in and veers to the left every time a cliché appears on the horizon. Though not all are not avoidable, this ambitious, dramatic undertaking gets a big boost from lead Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jeff Nichols, the budding auteur showing a profound affinity for character development and edgy ambiance with “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” gets a tad heavy-footed in his latest, a further contemplation on the Rapture, sanity and the supernatural.