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Beyond the blockbuster

The holiday season is full of films with million-dollar budgets and giant marketing plans. But there are also quieter movies being released this winter that deserve some of your cinephile love.

‘Heartless’
“Across The Universe” stud Jim Sturgess stars as a melancholy photographer (who is marred by a heart-shaped birthmark, hence the title) who must navigate through a darkly shot London, which is being ravaged by demons. The film marks the return of director and cult-favorite Philip Ridley to films after more than a decade.
New York: Now open

‘Undertow’
Being billed as a “gay ghost story,” this acclaimed film (and Peru’s official Oscar selection)?follows Miguel, a married soon-to-be father and fisherman who is having a secret love affair with another man. His lover accidentally dies and comes back to haunt Miguel who is then forced to openly deal with who he is at the risk of hurting the people he loves.
New York:?Nov. 26

‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’
This adaptation of the jazz age Hemingway novel follows the promising young American writer, David Bourne (Jack Huston) and his beautiful new wife, Catherine (the long-lost Mena Suvari), on their extended honeymoon in Europe. A bored Catherine soon brings a sultry Italian girl, Marita, into their lives.
New York:?Dec. 10

‘Bhutto’
This documentary, which has been making rounds at festivals around the world, takes a close look at one of the most captivating characters of our time: the assassinated Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to govern a Muslim nation. Elected after her father’s death, she fought against political corruption and radical Islam.
New?York:?Dec. 3


 
 
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