With summer pretty much officially over, it’s time for the quiet mini-lull before serious contenders beginning trickling in then filling in the field in droves. This weekend is a slow one with Vin Diesel’s Riddick at the forefront of two hot-topic documentaries, Salinger and Good Ol’ Freda, and indie drama Touchy Feely.
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
Oscar Potential: This franchise has more of a cult following than a critical one so awards aren’t exactly in its future. Check out Joey’s review.
Director: Shane Salerno
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow
An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.
Oscar Potential: Promising to divulge the secrets of one of the most influential, beloved, and notoriously private authors in modern American literature, this documentary hold immense popular appeal, which might carry over into Oscar consideration. Being partly distributed by The Weinstein Company certainly help its chances. See what Joseph has to say about its Oscar hopes.
Director: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Oscar Potential: Since director Lynn Shelton’s prowess is exercised exclusively within the independent rather than the mainstream realm, Oscar isn’t likely to take notice, but perhaps the Independent Spirit Awards might.
Good Ol’ Freda
Director: Ryan White
Starring: Freda Kelly, Paul McCartney, John Lennon
A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.
Oscar Potential: The second of this weekend’s documentaries featured on a mass-appeal subject, this one may stand less of a chance for a nomination since its back by more low-key production and distribution companies.
What will you see this weekend?