Joe's Movie Picks-Week of July 23, 2014

Indy-Film-Fest The Indy Film Fest is in full swing, and if you haven't been to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see one of these fine films, you need to drag yourself out there like now! The festival is in its 11th year, and has more big-time films than ever, as well as a great selection of movies you won't be able to see anywhere else. Eclectic dramas, mainstream thrillers, and great shorts are just part of what you get with the Indy Film Fest. Of course, The Film Yap has the Best Indy Film Fest Coverage IN THE WORLD, so click this link to check out all of the reviews, interviews, a full schedule, and much more! A few recommendations if you're unsure of what to see: You already missed the premiere of "I Origins," but don't worry: Mike Cahill's second film is getting a larger release, so it will be in Indy later this year. Starring Michael Pitt (of "Boardwalk Empire") and Steven Yuen (Glenn from "The Walking Dead"), this is a crazy science vs spirituality film about a scientist trying to disprove the existence of God through experiments concerning the iris. Thoughtprovoking and open-minded, this movie doesn't take sides and may surprise you a little bit. "You'll Be a Man" won as the best of the World Cinema category, and for good reason: it's a fun, affecting drama about a sheltered little boy and the free-spirited guy who babysits him. Think of it as "Harold and Maude," only more Gen Y. And French. "Ice Saints" is a charming film by filmmakers Ryan Balas and Deirdre Herlihy. Essentially making a home movie of the days leading up to their wedding, "Saints" is nonetheless a fun, affecting portrait of two people very much in love and pondering what the future has in store for them. And of course if you're looking for more mainstream fare, opening in the multiplexes this week is "Lucy," the strangest summer blockbuster this side of "Splice." Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman who gains full use of her brain (most humans allegedly can't use more than about 10%), and some wonderfully wacky powers that result from it. Played off as an action flick in ads, this is really more of a heady drama with some crazy action scenes spliced in. Also opening in town is "And So It Goes," Rob Reiner's latest film, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. A middle aged romcom full of old people doing old people stuff, but there should be some laughs to be had. Also opening are Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film "A Most Wanted Man," and "Venus in Fur," a foreign film about a woman trying to convince a movie director that she belongs in his film. As always you can check out coverage of all of these movies and more at The Film Yap!

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filmyap_logo_red_textJoe Shearer of The Film YapAbout Joe: Joe Shearer is the co-owner of The Film Yap, a collection of Central Indiana’s Premier Film Geeks. He has written movie reviews for INtake and The Magazine and for publications like MovieMaker Magazine, the Indianapolis Star, and Indianapolis Monthly. You can read more of Joe’s work and all of the latest in movie reviews, interviews, commentaries and other movie coverage, as well as free movie pass giveaways and more,