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Sam Elliott, for the Centerpiece Narrative Spotlight, “The Hero.” Elliott gives a performance of enormous warmth and subtlety as a washed-up western movie star who tries to clean up the mess he’s made of things before riding off into the sunset.
In the Documentary Centerpiece Spotlight, local legend Errol Morris’ “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” profiles his friend and fellow Cantabrigian, chronicling her unconventional career shooting largeformat Polaroid stills.
Doc fans also won’t want to miss the latest from “Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself” director Steve James. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” investigates why The 15th annual Independent Film Festival Boston runs through May 3 at the Somerville, Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres. For showtimes and ticket information visit iffboston.org.
only one bank was prosecuted for financial crimes that caused the 2008 recession.
Milton’s own Jenny Slate is back with her “Obvious Child” director Gillian Robespierre for the “Landline,” a bittersweet tale of infidelity in the smartphone-free 1990s.
On the darker side, a cast of alt-comedy all-stars including Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Gillian Jacobs and Jeff Garlin heap humiliations on hapless Brett Gelman in “Lemon.”
The festival will feature more than 100 more features and shorts screening throughout the next week.