Between the schizophrenic weather and the weird playoff showings of the Bruins and Celtics, it’s been hard to be excited about much this April outside of Free Fire and Fate of the Furious hitting theaters.
But fear not, Bostonians: The 15th annual Independent Film Festival Boston is back to give you a week’s worth of stimulating and interesting new movies for you to see and talk about, and a bevy of panels and parties to attend, as well. It runs from April 26 through May 3 at several locations around the city (though mainly the screenings are at the Somerville Theatre and Brattle Theatre).
In two previous posts (opening slate and weekend edition) we've already been busy breaking down our most-anticipated movies at the festival this year. The final section of the festival contains insightful looks inside Orthodox Judaism and the LA Riots, humor from two British comedians, the story of the real-life Rocky, and Gillian Robespierre’s triumphant return to the IFFB stage.
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If you’re looking to see a movie at the festival this year with a truly star-studded cast, true-life boxing flick Chuck might be your best bet. Liev Schreiber! Naomi Watts! Elisabeth Moss! Those may sound like Emmy ballot selections, but it’s actually just the names above the title. Telling the story of Chuck Wepner, a Jersey liquor salesman who became the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa when he took on The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, in a prize fight. This role looks tailor-made for Schreiber, who is quietly one of our best tough-guy actors in the whole damn country (look no further than his performance in the modern classic Goon for proof of this). And hey, it’s Rocky without all the Philly flavor. Do we really need to say more?
Chuck screens at the Somerville Theatre on Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available here.