IFFBoston Preview 3: The old west, a closing bowling alley, Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

 
 

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year, but the Independent Film Festival Boston (henceforth referred to as IFFBoston), the city’s largest gathering of the cinephiles, is upon us. This year’s line-up is one of the best in recent memory, as it’s positively chock-full of amazing and interesting titles, which will show from April 25 to May 2 at a variety of theaters across the city. Here’s our second round of recommended titles, whose screenings span the final three days of the festival. Today, we have dramas about Lesbian affairs in the London Orthodox Jewish community, a bowling alley manager fighting for his job, a comedic western starring Robert Pattinson, and a trip to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our week-long preview, and enjoy your festival!

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Hearts Beat Loud

We really didn’t care for this Brett Haley-directed dramedy when we saw it at Sundance, but we’d be wrong not to include it in our preview. Hearts Beat Loud is about a father (Nick Offerman), adrift after the passing of his wife and his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) potentially fleeing the coop for the greener pastures of college, who decides to record one of his family jam sessions and is stunned to find out that the song has become a big hit on the Spotifys. Honestly, though, we might just be bitter losers, so you might enjoy this a lot more than we did — it feels like it could please a lot of crowds who are just looking for a few good laughs shared among a fun cast. Just don’t blame us if you find it to be some pretty egregious garbage: we tried to warn you.

‘HEARTS BEAT LOUD’ :: Monday, April 30 at The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square in Somerville, MA :: 7 p.m., $12 to $20, all ages :: Advance tickets

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