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This Weekend's Indies: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' 'Jobs,' and More

Opening in limited release this weekend: a Malick-ian relationship drama, a snazzy bio-pic, artists, wine-makers, and Jane Austen. Plenty to choose from!

Ain't Them Bodies Saints: Director David Lowery has been drawing comparisons to Terrence Malick ever since this film debuted at Sundance earlier this year. (In fact, at least one review thinks Lowery bests Malick with this feature.) Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play lovers and criminals who are separated by Affleck's imprisonment. Mara then ends up involved with the sherriff whom she shot, and Affleck breaks out of prison. That description actually implies more plot movement than the film ever feels like it has, but the atmosphere -- including ace work with cinematography (by Bradford Young) and score -- is something to see.

Jobs: Ashton Kutcher's much-publicized transformation into Apple iconoclast Steve Jobs is opening small this week. We've already discussed the trailer's mechanics on this site, but when it comes to the movie, it will come down to how well it manages to dramatize the life of a man whose products have inspired extreme devotion.

Cutie and the Boxer: As we mentioned in yesterday's Documentary Power Rankings, this film played like gangbusters at both Sundance and our own Tribeca Film Festival, and is sure to be yet another of 2013's documentary crowd-pleasers.

Austenland: Jane Austen meta-fiction has been done before -- see The Jane Austen Book Club, for one thing -- but this story about Keri Russell going to work at a "Jane Austen immersive experience" only to experience Austen-like romantic dramz seems cute, and a cast that includes Jane Seymour, Jennifer Coolidge, and Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie feels bound to charm.

You Will Be My Son: Niels Arestrup (Un Prophete; War Horse) stars in this dynastic drama about fathers, sons, wine, and treachery. Grapes have never seemed so portentious.


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