The seventh Lone Star Film Festival gets underway Thursday night, and there are lots of film to enjoy through Sunday. Here are some films worth checking out:
Tim’s Vermeer (7 p.m. Thursday): Teller (of Penn & Teller) directs this documentary about a San Antonio man, Tim Jenison, obsessed with the works of the painter Johannes Vermeer.
A Field in England (7 p.m. Friday): Fantasy, horror and thriller combine in cult British director Ben Wheatley’s tale of strange goings-on during the English civil war.
Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self (9 p.m. Friday): Barry Nash’s remarkable performance as a man giving a corporate motivational speech who finds himself having an emotional breakdown is both discomfiting and compelling.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (10 p.m. Friday): Some claim this 1966 horror mess is the worst movie of all time (it has a 1.8 on Rotten Tomatoes!). Check it out for yourself as part of the fest’s ReScreen series.
August: Osage County (4:30 p.m. Saturday): An all-star cast — Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard — tackles this popular Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. It’s directed by John Wells, who did the terrific The Company Men in 2010.
Nebraska (7:30 p.m. Saturday): The latest film from director Alexander Payne ( The Descendants) has been wowing them on the festival circuit. Bruce Dern and Will Forte star as a father and son on a road trip to collect a sweepstakes award.
Philomena (9:30 p.m. Saturday): Judi Dench plays a woman searching for the son she gave up for adoption many years ago. Directed by Stephen Frears ( The Queen), it promises top-notch acting.
Little Hope Was Arson (2 p.m. Sunday): This documentary about a series of East Texas church burnings has been winning lots of plaudits at various film festivals, too.
Tokyo Story (11 a.m. Sunday): On the ReScreen list, Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 tale about Japanese family life, is considered a classic of Asian cinema.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2:30 p.m. Sunday): Idris Elba from The Wire and Pacific Rim portrays Nelson Mandela in this biopic, directed by Justin Chadwick, who directed the engaging The First Grader.