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This Weekend's Indies: 'Life of Crime', 'The Congress', 'One Chance', and 'The Notebook'

Opening this weekend: an aging actress who digitizes herself for a changing Hollywood, two young boys finding strength in the thick of WWII, a crooked real estate developer willing to abandon his kidnapped wife, & more!



Life of Crime: If Fargo, The Strangers, and Intolerable Cruelty somehow had a movie baby- I think that this is what would come out. This adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch" includes an all-star, eclectic cast including: Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Tim Robbins, and Will Forte. Life of Crime tells the story of a crooked real estate developer (Robbins) who finds himself completely ambivalent to the fact that his wife (Aniston) has just been kidnapped by two criminals for ransom. Twisted turns of events ensue, and a seemingly simple crime evolves into a full out operation. 



The Notebook: Don't walk into this one thinking that you'll get Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kissing in the rain. Hungarian director János Szász tells the story of two resilient boys growing up in the thick of WWII. Together, they learn how to survive in the most dire circumstances, and brave the brutal war that ravages their small Hungarian town. 



One Chance: From the director of The Devil Wears PradaOne Chance tells the true story of Paul Potts- a shy, bullied, shop assistant with a thriving passion for opera singing. Things start to look up for Paul as he wows the judges of Britain's Got Talent (including Simon Cowell) with his powerful voice. One Chance shows the hard work, passion, and resilience of Paul Potts and his rise to stardom. 

You can read more about The Weinstein Company's interesting distribution platform for One Chance. 



The Congress: The trailer alone is a feast for the eyes, which is understandable considering how its from the mind of Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). The Congress makes amazing strides in the self-reflexive film category, and stars Robin Wright as herself, playing an aging actress looking for more work. Robin decides to digitize herself for a changing Hollywood in exchange for compensation to save her ailing son. Robin's animated alias remains in the digital world, and will stay young forever- leaving the real-life Robin to her own devices. 

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