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The Many Lives Of Rachel Weisz

Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz plays a woman who finds freedom in identity fluidity. The film that features this Rachel Weisz performance is the long-awaited new film from the director of Maria Full Of Grace.

Stellan Skarsgard steps badly into comic action hero mode in a new dark comedy. The revenge plot is familiar, but the ordinariness of its protagonist is what sells it. The upcoming Hollywood remake misses the joke by casting action star Liam Neeson in the Skarsgard role.

Rachel Weisz doesn’t star in a new film about a world with talking cats. But it’s definitely a good thing she doesn’t appear in the sequel to Klown, whose humor makes South Park look like Sesame Street.

Chatty Catties

What if cats could talk to humans? That’s the premise behind Pablo Valencia’s debut comic feature. Tabby cat Leonard isn’t happy that human roommate Shelby’s emotional problems interfere with her providing for his needs. When Shelby starts a relationship with kind-hearted musician Nate, Leonard sees hope for a brighter future for himself. But that bright future won’t come without a few emotional fireworks before then.

Opens September 2 at the Roxie Theatre

Complete Unknown

Director Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness Of Blood) returns with a gripping study of identity. Tom (Michael Shannon, Midnight Special) is celebrating his birthday with friends and family. Alice (Rachel Weisz), one of the party guests, seems to be a woman whom Tom formerly knew years ago as Jenny. Alice eventually reveals her secret. Every few years, she changes her name, career, and life. These alterations give her a sense of freedom and excitement…and that freedom is available for Tom if he wants it.

Opens September 2 at the California Theatre, the Embarcadero Center Cinema, and the Smith Rafael Film Center

The Hollars

John Krasinski directs and stars in this family drama. Struggling NYC artist John Hollar (Krasinski) is forced to return to the small town he left behind when his mother falls ill. In the old Hollar home, John soon finds himself drowning in such problems as the nuttiness of his dysfunctional family and his own impending fatherhood.

Opens September 2 at the AMC Metreon 16 and the Clay Theatre

In Order Of Disappearance

Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgard) is an ordinary snowplow driver for a rural hamlet. He’s just been named the town’s Citizen of the Year. But when Nils’ son dies of an apparent heroin overdose, his suspicions of foul play prove correct. The boy was a victim in a gang turf war between local crime boss The Count and Serbian gangster Papa (Bruno Ganz). Seeking revenge for his son’s murder, Nils inserts himself into the gang war. Thanks to Nils’ insane luck, the body count starts going through the roof.

Opens September 2 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Janatha Garage

In this Indian drama, Anand (NTR) is a Nature-loving man with a troubled past. His path brings him to Janatha Garage, a haven where people in trouble might find solutions to their problems. Garage owner Satyam (Mohanlal) seems to love people a lot. Yet could this compassionate man be a supporter of an environment-damaging quarry?

Opens September 2 at the Century At Tanforan

Klown Forever

The Alamo Drafthouse notes refer to this sequel to Klown as a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode directed by Lars von Trier. Frank Hvam follows his estranged friend Casper Christensen to Hollywood as the latter seeks fame and fortune. But a number of mortifying encounters with such folks as Isla Fisher and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau raises questions whether Hollywood will survive Frank and Casper’s misadventures.

Opens September 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Mia Madre

Director/co-star Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) is back with a film about a director’s (Margherita Buy) chaotic personal and professional life. On the work front, her new leading man (John Tuturro) is a constant headache generator while her film crew is on the verge of mutiny. At home, her mother’s dying and her teenaged daughter is growing more distant.

Opens September 2 at the Albany Twin, the Opera Plaza Cinemas, and the Smith Rafael Film Center

No Manches Frida

In this Spanish remake of German comedy FACK JU GOHTE, an ex-con becomes a high school substitute teacher. Altruism isn’t motivating him. Rather, it’s the knowledge that the school’s gymnasium is built over the place where he hid his stolen loot. Too bad the ex-con didn’t reckon on encounters with unruly teenagers or even falling in love.

Opens September 2 at the AMC Bay Street 16, the AMC Metreon 16, the Century 20 Daly City, and the Century at Tanforan

Yoga Hosers

The leads of the new Kevin Smith comedy are a pair of teenage clerks named Colleen. Aside from the different surnames, Colleen Collette (Harley-Quinn Smith) and Colleen Mc Kenzie (Lily-Rose Depp) could be twins. They’re glued to their smartphones, take yoga classes, sing in a band, and want to get invited to a senior party. But world-threatening danger upends the Colleens’ lives. Under the store where both Colleens work, the leader of a Nazi splinter group has been raising an army of monsters for the usual evil reasons. Now the girls must team up with a legendary manhunter (Johnny Depp) to stop the Nazi’s plans.

Opens September 2 at the Roxie Theatre

About the Author

I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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