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Indie Close-Up: 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' and One of the Best Documentaries of the Year

By: Derrick Deane on September 21, 2012 at 1:27PM Comments (0)

This weekend sees the return of Emma Watson to theaters in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and one of the best documentaries of the year in How to Survive a Plague led a pack of indie films into select theaters. Let's take a look at what else is opening this weekend...

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Watson returns to theaters in one of the most buzzed about indies hitting theaters this fall. Joining Watson in the '90s-set coming-of-age drama are Logan Lerman (you'll recognize him from the Percy Jackson films) and Ezra Miller, who most recently starred in the critically-lauded drama We Need to Talk About Kevin. The film is an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who tries to remain hopeful about the future while dreading every day of the present.

 

About Cherry

Movies that delve into the world of adult films are nothing new. The latest pornography themed film comes from Stephen Elliott, who makes his feature film directing debut with Cherry. The film stars 18-year-old Ashley Hinshaw (last seen in Chronicle) as an 18-year-old attempting to escape her broken family life as she near high school graduation. Co-starring James Franco, Dev Patel, Lili Taylor and Heather Graham.

 

You May Not Kiss The Bride

The box office lacks romantic comedies right now and fans of the genre might want to take in this flick from Rob Hedden starring Dave Annable, who plays a pet photographer who, through a series of unforeseen events, is forced to marry a Croatian mobseter's daughter, played by Katherine McPhee. Critics have not been kind to the film, but then romcoms tend to have a hard time gaining traction with that crowd anyway.

 

How To Survive a Plague

On the complete opposite spectrum of the critics spectrum is this this documentary from David France. Currently, the film is one of four films on RottenTomatoes to feature a 100% freshness rating. Centered around the AIDS epidemic in the late '80s, the film focuses on the sudden emergence of an activist group made up of mostly HIV-positive participants, who raise awareness of the disease through a series of protests. Plague is certainly in the discussion for a potential Best Documentary nomination when the Oscars come calling in a few months.

 

Head Games

Speaking of documentaries, the latest from Steve James, the man behind one of the greatest documentaries ever made, Hoop Dreams, arrives in theaters with Head Games. The film dives into the concussions suffered by professional athletes. Concussions have certainly come to the forefront as a health issue in sports and James interviews several athletes who have suffered multiple concussions, including NHL All-Star Keith Primeau, WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski and Olympic gold medalist in women's soccer Cindy Parlow Cone and raises the question, "How much are you willing to lose for a game?"

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