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Film Streams has announced a few new films on its fall roster, including the acclaimed Robert Redford survival tale "All is Lost."
Written and directed by the Oscar-nominated J.C. Chandor ("Margin Call"), "All is Lost" follows a man (Mr. Redford) sailing his yacht across the Indian Ocean who runs into a whole mess of trouble. After hitting a wayward shipping container, he inadvertently drifts into a violent storm. And his radio and navigation equipment are down. Oh, and here come the sharks.
"All is Lost" was met with raves at Cannes and is likely to get Redford his first best actor nomination in nearly 40 years. It will open at Film Streams on Oct. 25.
Another highly anticipated movie, for film nerds like myself anyway, is "Short Term 12," which opens at Film Streams on Oct. 11 and runs for one week.
"Short Term 12" stars up-and-comer Brie Larson ("The Spectacular Now," "21 Jump Street") as the supervisor of a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Though certainly dealing with a lot of dark subject matter, it's reportedly not as grim as you'd think. There's humor, a presumably likable indie soundtrack and even a sweet love story.
Film Streams also announced "Mother of George," a story about a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn and struggling to have a child. No release date yet for this one.
Perhaps the most exciting Film Streams news, though, is Halloween-related. Closer to the holiday, the theater will play the undervalued '80s classic "Monster Squad." In this family film/horror movie hybrid, Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Gill Man and The Mummy invade a small town, and a crew of scary-movie-loving kids tries to stop them.
Silly as it sounds, "Monster Squad" is really just about perfect, aided by a witty screenplay from Shane Black, who would go on to write and direct "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Iron Man 3."
"Monster Squad" will play at Film Streams on Oct. 19, 20, 24, 26, 27 and 31.