Kilgore Fall Film Festival brings independent cinema to East Texas

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Kilgore’s 4 Star Cinema’s anual Fall Film Festival begins today and will run through Oct 1. A variety of independent features that did not receive a wide theatrical release in movie theaters will be shown.

Mr. Holmes is directed by Bill Condon and stars acclaimed actor Ian McKellan. It is a crime/drama/mystery film that centers around a 93-year-old version of the famous fictional British sleuth Sherlock Holmes, played my McKellan, as he struggles to recall the details of his final case. It is based on the 2005 book A Slight Trick of the Mind. It has received very positive reviews, with website Rotten Tomatoes saying “Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama.” It is rated PG and will be playing Sept. 9 – 12.

Iris is a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel. At 93 years old, the film shows how Apfel still continues to be creative, inspiring, artistic and busy even in her advanced age. Director Albert Maysles has made many famous documentaries, including Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, and When We Were Kings. It is rated PG-13 and will be playing Sept. 13 – 15.

I’ll See You In My Dreams stars Blythe Danner as a widow and former singer who rediscovers the joys of life, along with the help of her three best friends. This drama/comedy explores the theme of taking chances and having new beginnings at any age. Actor Sam Elliot plays her new love interest, and actress Malin Ackerman plays her estranged daughter. It is rated PG-13 and will be playing Sept. 16 – 19.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared is a Swedish comedy film about a 100-year-old explosives expert escaping from a retirement home. It is the third highest grossing Swedish film of all time, only being surpassed by the first two installments of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films. It is rated R and will be playing Sept. 20 – 22.

Testament of Youth is the true story of World War I nurse Vera Brittain, based on her memoir. It stars young actors Alicia Vindaker, lead of the recent film Ex Machina, and Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones. The book was previously adapted as a BBC five part miniseries in 1979. It is rated PG-13 and will be playing Sept. 23 – 26.

Infinitely Polar Bear is a comedy film starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Ruffalo plays a manic depressive father trying to win back his wife by taking full responsibility of caring for the couple’s two young daughters. Director Maya Forbes based the film on her own experiences growing up with her bipolar father in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rolling Stone magazine Peter Travers said “The movie is a small miracle, lifted by Ruffalo and these two remarkable young actresses.” It is rated R and will be playing Sept. 27 – 29.

Best of Enemies is a documentary about the televised debates between intellectuals William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in 1968. Actors John Lithgow and Kelsey Grammar star as the off-camera voices for Vidal and Buckley respectively. An article entitled “18 Best Films From Sundance 2015” said “This might have been both the most entertaining and the saddest film of this year’s Sundance: a riveting gabfest that slowly becomes a lament for the Republic.” It is rated R and is playing Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.