Five reasons to see this indie comedy: 1) You might remember director/writer Daryl Wein and writer/star Zoe Lister-Jones from "Breaking Upwards," the 2009 film they wrote and starred in (and Wein directed), which won the audience award at the LRFF. 2) While the premise of "Lola Versus" may sound tired — jilted woman (Greta Gerwig) tries to navigate single life in New York as she approaches 30 — the execution, based on the 3-minute trailer and early reviews, promises to be stronger than the rom-com norm, particularly thanks to snappier-than-usual dialogue. 3) Greta Gerwig, already beloved by indie film fans, is supposedly the next big thing, or at least the best candidate to supplant Zooey Deschanel as the object of affection of that subsection of mainstream culture that appreciates "quirk." "Lola Versus" marks Gerwig's first starring role in a studio film. 4) For those who appreciate seeing actors play against type: Joel Kinnaman, who looks (and sometimes talks like) a white Snoop Dogg to great effect on "The Killing" and will take on the title role in the "Robocop" reboot, plays the jilter. 5) The flip side to number two: If your film tastes tilt more towards traditional fare, this will probably look and feel like the movies you enjoy. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Riverdale. LM.
This documentary, which opened the festival on Tuesday, focuses on a pair of subjects that will be familiar to Arkansans: Dallas Cowboys super-fans. And not just super-fans who own every piece of Cowboys merchandise and apparel and lead their face-painted brethren in cheers, but super-fans whose lives truly revolve around the Cowboys. Super-fans like Stan "Tiger" Shults, who has a daughter named Meredith Landry and says when his first wife asked him to choose between her or the Cowboys, the choice was obvious. "I hate to say this because I love my children and my wife, but I think I probably think about the Cowboys more than I think about my kids and my wife. And that's nothing against them," he tells director Jonny Mars. You've seen obsessives like Shults in documentaries before, but Mars separates his film from the pack both by avoiding caricature and deftly pivoting from the super-fans' perspective to a broader look at the callousness of professional sports, where owners, like the Cowboys' Jerry Jones, are gouging fans who attend games in order to pay for massive new stadiums, built partially with taxpayer dollars. 3 p.m. Thursday, Riverdale. LM.
"Pilgrim Song," which premiered at SXSW, is a well-crafted study in being. It's contemplative, graceful and sparse. Tim Morton plays James, a middle school band teacher whose job just has just fallen victim to budget cuts. He's been in the same relationship for years, he's bored with his life, he's numbly searching for anything more. So he sets off on a two-month solo journey, hiking the Appalachian Trail. He has a few chance encounters with locals, including a single father and his young son, who live in a camper in the woods. After spraining his ankle, James stays with them for a few days. That's when he begins to reconnect, both with others and with long ignored aspects of himself. It's like Kelly Reinhart's "Old Joy" (which, director Martha Stephens acknowledges, was an influence), but with (slightly) more plot. The characters are believable and the acting is suburb. Stephens co-wrote the film, her second feature, with one of its stars, Karrie Crouse. Stephens will be around to answer questions after the LRFF screenings. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Riverdale. CF.
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