Three Notable Indie Films Hit Belcourt Screens This Friday

Belcourt Theatre brings three notable recent releases to Nashville this Friday. Here’s a quick look at the trio of indie films on offer beginning this weekend:

The PaperboyTHE PAPERBOY (R): A “Southern Gothic noir thriller with a terrific ensemble cast” (USA Today) from Lee Daniels, Oscar-nominated director of Precious. The film – based on the bestselling 1995 novel of the same name by Pete Dexter – involves a 1960s journalistic investigation into the murder of a corrupt Florida sheriff. Nashville resident Nicole Kidman has gotten good buzz for her performance; she leads a cast that features Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack.

Wuthering HeightsWUTHERING HEIGHTS (NR): Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Academy Award winner for the live action short Wasp) presents a new take on the classic Emily Bronte novel. The story follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw, who develops a passionate relationship with the farmer’s teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son Hindley. The film includes promising debuts from Solomon Glave and James Howson as child and adult Heathcliff, respectively, as well as Shannon Beer in her first role as young Cathy and Kaya Scodelario (best known for her work on the British TV show “Skins”) as the older Cathy.

Keep the Lights OnKEEP THE LIGHTS ON (R): This semi-autobiographical work is a chronicle of addiction (to drugs and love) that follows a decade in the lives of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik (acclaimed Danish actor Thure Lindhardt in his first U.S. film leading role) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth of Damages) meet through a casual encounter but soon find a deeper connection as a somewhat dysfunctional couple. Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life) offers what NPR has called “A nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil…”


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*The Paperboy photo by Anne Marie Fox courtesy Millennium Entertainment; Wuthering Heights photo by Agatha Nitecka courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories; Keep the Lights On photo by Jean-Christophe Husson courtesy of Music Box Films.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (