The Weekly FIND: Gangster Squad, Cosmopolis & 40 Free Screenings

What’s new & interesting in theaters and DVD this week:

In theaters: Gangster Squad

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer (FIND Fellow, Directing Lab) shifts gears with this hardboiled ’40’s crime-drama featuring an awesome ensemble cast: Sean Penn, FIND member Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick and Michael Peña.

SYNOPSIS: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

In theaters (limited release): Quartet

Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this dramatic comedy based on the Ronald Harwood play of the same name.

SYNOPSIS: Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?

On DVD/online: Cosmopolis

Director David Cronenberg’s cerebral film starring Robert Pattinson has been hailed by some as one of 2012’s best films — and by others as one of its most disappointing. Future cult classic or regrettable misstep? Watch for yourself and decide:

SYNOPSIS: Adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel about a Manhattan billionaire (Robert Pattinson) who finds his quest to get a haircut from his father’s old barber complicated by the presidential motorcade, a gang of violent anarchists, and a funeral procession for a famous hip-hop star. Meanwhile, the wealthy 28-year-old’s vast fortune rests on the value of the yuan, which he continually monitors from the comfort of his stretch limo.

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Spirit Award Nominee Screening Series

If you’re an indie film lover who lives in L.A. or New York, January should be an exciting time for you as we present our Spirit Award Nominee Screening Series, in which we screen every single Spirit Award-nominated film. For FREE. All 40 of them, and it kicks off today.

You have to be a Film Independent member to attend, but when you add up the cost of 40 free films + all the other free members-only screenings we offer throughout the year + all the discounted screenings and priority ticketing for Film Independent at LACMA and the LA Film Fest + a whole bunch of other cool stuff for filmmakers… well, membership is kind of a no-brainer. The Spirit Award-nominated films screening this week:

Los Angeles Screenings
RSVP at (LA screenings only)

Fri. January 11
7:00 pm Middle of Nowhere (featuring a Q&A with writer/director/producer Ava DuVernay and cast)
9:30 pm Compliance*

Sat. January 12
2:00 pm The Central Park Five
4:45 pm Gayby* (featuring a Q&A with writer/director Jonathan Lisecki)
6:45 pm Sister (featuring a Q&A with writer/director Ursula Meier)
9:00 pm Moonrise Kingdom*

Sun. January 13
12:00 pm Safety Not Guaranteed* (featuring a Q&A with director/producer Colin Trevorrow)
2:15 pm The Waiting Room
4:30 pm Fill the Void
6:30 pm Magic Mike*

Mon. January 14
7:00 pm Valley of Saints (featuring a Q&A with writer/director Musa Syeed, producer Nicholas Bruckman and Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Yoni Brook)
9:15 pm War Witch

Tue. January 15
7:00 pm The Sessions*
9:15 pm Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present*

Wed. January 16
7:00 pm Bernie* (featuring a Q&A with Jack Black)
9:30 pm Killer Joe*

Thu. January 17
7:00 pm Amour
9:45 pm Four

New York Screenings:

Wed. January 16
7:00 pm Bernie*
9:15 pm Gimme the Loot

Thu. January 17
7:00 pm Sister
9:15 pm The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For the full nominee screening schedule, visit

*Also available on DVD or online.


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