The End of Time – Is time finite? What will come after time ends? What came before time began? Why do all of these questions hurt my head? Director Peter Mettler (and co-writer Alexandra Gill) combine the documentary, the essay, and the experimental film to answer said questions. Of course, questions like these only lead to more questions, and those questions lead to more questions, and in the end, we are all left wanting a cheeseburger. Come explore the wonders of the world with Mettler and spend a little time thinking outside the box. Out in limited release from First Run Features.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Margaret Thatcher thought he was just another terrorist, but one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. As far as South Africa was concerned, Mandela was both. Long before Mandela was the leader we know, he was fighting against oppression and the opposition. This fight landed him in prison for twenty-seven years. Idris Elba steps into the shoes of Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie, and Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva help round out the cast. Justin Chadwick directs the biopic. Out in limited release from The Weinstein Company.
The Punk Singer – Between the years of the punks and the 90s alternative lies a series of sub-genres. Riot Grrrl is on the feminist side of grunge music, and one of the front-runners was Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, both by front-woman Kathleen Hanna. Polarizing, loud, and very outspoken, Hanna led the grrrl charge and became an icon for many of the alt-bands. In 2005, Hanna decided to call it quits, but in 2013, she decided to fire it back up again with her new band, The Julie Ruin. Sini Anderson documents Hanna’s rise, fall, and return, and interviews all who followed in her wake. Out in limited release from IFC Films.
The Unbelievers – To believe in a deity outside time and space is a very popular habit. To not believe is rare, and greatly offensive to a lot of people. That part I never understood, and this documentary looks to explore that and many other scientific aspects of atheism. The two subjects are Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, renowned scientist who travel the globe giving lectures and making TV and radio appearances to argue their side of the story. They are backed up by a wide range of filmmakers and public figures who also question faith, science, and belief. Directed by Gus Holwerda and out in limited release from Black Chalk Films.