This time ’around, the titles released by IFC Films are a bit, well, scary. Last days on earth, you might say, for a whole slew of people.
You’ve been warned.
Abel Ferrara, one of American independent cinema’s most distinctive artists, ventures into daring new territory in a story of people facing nothing less than the end of the world in 4:44 Last Day on Earth, starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh.
Tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end, brought about by the destruction of the ozone layer. As panic hits the Earth’s population, two lovers–actor and recovering drug addict Cisco and artist Skye seclude themselves in their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours of existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, Cisco and Skye call their loved ones to say goodbye, they make love, they order Chinese takeout–and discover more about themselves and each other in a few short hours than most people do in an entire lifetime.
A man wakes up trapped in a coffin-like box and with no knowledge of how he got there. Or why. But the horrible truth of his predicament soon becomes clear, and he must fight a ticking clock to escape and complete an impossible mission in Brake. When Secret Service Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) wakes up in a cramped space with the only light coming from the digital numbers ticking away above his head, he knows he’s in trouble. Confused and disoriented with no one answering his cries for help, he suddenly hears an engine rev and his predicament becomes clear: He’s trapped in the trunk of a moving car. As his captors reveal themselves and their motives, Jeremy realizes he won’t be set free until he gives up the whereabouts of a secret location where the U.S. President is taken in the event of a terrorist attack. With time running out and his options limited, Jeremy must use every ounce of his strength and intelligence to make it out of this ordeal alive and prevent a national catastrophe.
At a company Christmas Party, insecure investment banker David (Brian Geraghty) asks co-worker Emily (Alice Eve) if she’d like a ride home. The beautiful Emily, who has been David’s secret crush, agrees–but David’s pushy friend Corey (Josh Peck) horns in and winds up joining the other two as they leave. When Corey asks them to make a late-night stop at a free-standing, glass-enclosed ATM in a dimly lit parking lot, what had been a romantically promising night for David turns into an absolute nightmare in ATM.
The trio’s routine transaction turns into a bloody battle for survival when a mysterious man in a hoodie and mask appears outside the ATM’s vestibule. They aren’t sure if he’s just waiting to use the machine, but when the menacing stranger suddenly and brutally kills an innocent passerby, the three realize they are trapped. With the wintry temperature dropping below zero and the morning sunrise still hours away, they have no choice but to play the man’s deadly game of cat-and-mouse if they want to live through the night.
Chronicling the triumphs and downfalls of cult rock legend Bobby Liebling, Last Days Here is a powerful documentary about an underground icon who finds himself at the crossroads of life and death.
For decades Liebling churned out genre-defining hard rock as the lead singer of the doom metal band Pentagram. But various acts of self-destruction, multiple band breakups and botched record deals condemned his music to obscurity. Creatively frozen for years and living in his parents’ basement, Bobby is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground, and with the help of Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, his friend and manager, he struggles to overcome his demons. Directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton offer a candid look at this madly talented artist, whose unexpected journey made him a prodigious diamond in the music business rough. It’s a moving real-life drama that, like New York Doll, the story of Arthur “Killer” Kane, reveals the power of music and the artistic impulse to redeem lives that had been seemingly lost.