Indie Close-Up: Donnie Yen is a 'Dragon,' Diego Luna Talks Mexican Music in 'Hecho En Mexico'

Brad Pitt will be Killing Them Softly this weekend and a new batch of limited release indies look to get in on the weekend box office action. Let's see what's hitting theaters this weekend...

 

Dragon

It may not seem like it, but it's been almost a year since a Donnie Yen movie was in American theaters. In January, he starred in the action biopic The Lost Bladesman which failed to impress and bid a quick exit onto home video. Dragon, however, has managed to win over critics and this weekend will get a limited release for action-drama fans to devour. The film centers on a martial arts expert who wants to start a new, tranquil life only to be hunted by a determined detective (House of Flying Daggers' Takeshi Kaneshiro) and his former master. Dragon has scored multiple wins at the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards this year.

 

Parked

Originally slated for release back in 2010, Parked finally arrives in limited release this weekend. The film centers on a young man who returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. He meets a dope-smoking 20-something, Cathal, who brightens his lonely world and through Cathal's encouragement, meets an attractive music teacher named Jules. Parked won the Audience Award at the Brussels European and Brussels International film festivals as well as nabbing multiple Irish Film and TV Award nominations.

 

Hecho En Mexico

Diego Luna returns to theaters in this documentary that showcases the richness of Mexican music, both young and old. Director Duncan Bridgeman examines the range of Mexican music from traditional styles to pop rock and rap, blending in interviews with leading personalities such as Luna, Lila Downs, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Kinky and Alejandro Fernandez. A must-see for music fans!

 

California Solo

Robert Carlyle stars as a former British pop-rocker who now works on a farm and faces deportation after getting caught drunk driving. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life, including an estranged ex-wife and daughter. Danny Masterson (That '70s Show) and Alexia Rasmussen (Chloe in Our Idiot Brother) co-star in this Woodstock Film Festival award-winner.

 

King Kelly

King Kelly is an aspiring internet star who performs webcam stripteases. When her car, which just happens to be filled with illegal narcotics waiting for delivery, gets stolen by a bitter ex-boyfriend, Kelly and her best friend embark on a whirlwind journey through drugs, sex and violence to reclaim what is hers. The film was made entirely from camera-phone footage.

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