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New Movie Friday: Danielson Doc, Dead Hookers, Depraved Psychos & Cute Orphans
Danielson: A Family Movie (or Make a Joyful Noise Here) - A music documentary about oddball indie/pop/folk band the Danielson Famile. The film features appearances by Daniel Johnston and Steve Albini, as well as a young Sufjan Stevens, who was mentored by the band's "patriarch," Daniel Smith, and whose success would soon grow to outshine that of the Danielson Famile.
The Dead Girl - Writer-director Karen Moncrieff (Blue Car) weaves together five seemingly unrelated stories that reveal the circumstances surrounding the death of a young prostitute (Brittany Murphy). The ensemble cast includes Toni Collette, Marcia Gay Harden, Piper Laurie and Rose Byrne.
The Hitcher - Remake of the 1986 horror film, this time starring Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton as a college couple stalked and terrorized by an evil hitchhiker (Sean Bean). Who knows? It might be sweet and quaint to recall a time when people actually picked up hitchhikers.
The Italian - Russian drama about a six-year-old boy who is on the verge of being adopted by an Italian couple but decides to run away and search for his mother.