Indie Close-Up: Heat Up with 'A Royal Affair,' Cool Down by 'Chasing Ice'

Bond is back in theaters this weekend and should rack up some impressive numbers with Skyfall. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's latest Lincoln also gets a limited release, though with its $50 millionm budget, it's not exactly an indie movie. The selection of films below, however are and include a couple of must-see films – Chasing Ice and A Royal Affair.

A Royal Affair

We've already touted this foreign period piece earlier today as not only a sleeper to see, but easily one of the best films of 2012. A combination of powerful, solid acting and an intriguing and absorbing true story have powered the film to several awards already, including the Audience Award awarded last night at the AFI Fest. Many more are sure to come for this official Oscar entry from Denmark.

 

Starlet

This dramedy centered on the unlikely friendship between Jane, a 21-year-old who spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet and 85-year-old Sadie, an elderly widow who passes her time tending to her flower garden. Following a confrontation between the two at Sadie's yard sale, Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside on of Sadie's items and attempts to befriend her. Secrets emerge as their friendship grows.

 

The Comedy

Tim Heidecker is certainly an acquired taste. The star/creator of Tim & Eric's Awesome Show stars as an aging hipster in Brooklyn who grows restless of the safety of his sheltered life and decides to test the limits of acceptable behavior. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

 

Citadel

This year's SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winner arrives in limited release this weekend. The film is centered on the story of an agoraphobic father who teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from a gang of twisted, feral children.

 

Chasing Ice

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was originally a skeptic about climate change. Then, he deployed a series of revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Traveling across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. In its brief 74 minute run time, the documentary does a phenomenal job at depicting a changing world. The film opens limited in New York this weekend and expands to the L.A. area on November 23. Click here for other upcoming release dates.

 

28 Hotel Rooms

Unfolding as a series of collages, this romantic drama intimately explores two people as they wrestle with the intoxication of sex and confusion of loving more than one person. The film stars Chris Messina and Marin Ireland in captivating performances.

 

Dangerous Liasons

This Chinese re-make of the 1988 Oscar-winning drama Stephen Frears is headlined by Zhang Ziyi in, more or less, the Uma Thurman role. Critics have been mixed about the film, though most are quick to point out Zhang's performance.

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