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4 Star lines up latest film festival

September 14, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 14--The 2013 Kilgore Fall Film Festival is set to premiere Sept. 18 at 4 Star Cinema.

The festival features six movies that will be showing for a limited time during the festival ending Oct. 10.

At the top of the billing is "Unfinished Song," followed by "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Closed Circuit," "Still Mine," "Austenland" and "In A World."

A synopsis of each movie follows from the Film Festival's official poster.

"Unfinished Song"

(Sept. 18-21)

1 hr. 33 min. PG-13

Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave helm this six-time officially selected for film festivals movie about a grumpy pensioner who honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.

The movie, which was released June 21, has brought in $1.6 million. It received a 64 percent rating from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website with an average rating of 5.9 out of 10, and the movie's audience gave it a 72 percent on the site with an average rating of 3.7 out of 5. For movie goers who see the film during the festival and want to purchase the DVD, it is scheduled for a Sept. 24 release.

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"

(Sept. 22-24)

1 hr. 45 min. R

Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young, the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") in David Lowery's directorial breakthrough that claimed the special Critics' Week selection at Cannes.

The movie saw an Aug. 16 limited release where it has brought in $289,254, according to the IMDb website. Critics gave the movie an 80 percent rating with an average rating of 7.1 out of 10, making it a "certified fresh" movie from the site. From audience members, the movie received a 73 percent and an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was filmed in Austin, Meridian and Shreveport -- with Shreveport listed first -- according to IMDb.

"Closed Circuit"

(Sept. 25-28)

1 hr. 36 min. R

A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly brings together two ex-lovers on the defense team, testing the limits of their loyalties by placing their lives in jeopardy. John Crowley directs the Steven Knight written screenplay with Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Jim Broadbent starring in this nonstop thrill ride of a film.

The movie was put in wide release Aug. 28 and has brought in $5 million. It got a rating of 45 percent from critics and movie goers. The critics gave it an average rating of 5.6 out of 10, and the audience gave it an average rating of 3.1 out of 5.

"Still Mine"

(Sept. 29-Oct. 1)

1 hr. 42 min. PG-13

This film tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (Academy Award nominee James Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Academy Award nominee Genevi ve Bujold). Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in "Still Mine," an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years.

On July 12, the movie was put into limited released, bringing in $1 million. Of all the movies in the festival, "Still Mine" received the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics gave it a 92 percent with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10, making it a "certified fresh" movie from the site. The audience gave it an 87 percent with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5.

"Austenland"

(Oct. 2-5)

1 hr. 37 min. PG-13

A hilarious look at one woman's obsession over Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth in a retelling of "Pride and Prejudice." Jane (Keri Russell) spends her life savings to travel to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. Jane Seymour, James Callis and Jennifer Coolidge costar. Written and directed by Jerusha Hess of "Napoleon Dynamite" fame.

The movie was put in limited release Aug. 16 and brought in $732,278 during its run. The movie did not do as well with critics as it did with viewers. Critics gave it a 32 percent with an average rating of 4.9 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Movie goers gave it a 73 percent, though, with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5.

"In a World..."

(Oct. 6-10)

1 hr. 33 min. R

Written and directed by Lake Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Screenwriting Award for the script; "In A World," a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers; only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king -- her father.

With a limited release starting Aug. 9, "In a World..." brought in $1.7 million. Critics and movie goers agreed on this movie with critics giving it 90 percent and audience members giving it 86 percent. Critics gave the movie an average waiting of 7.5 out of 10. The audience gave it an average rating of 4 out of 5.

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