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IFC Films offer a September triumvirate that appeals to everyone

Toni Collette in Lucky Them
Toni Collette in Lucky Them
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We always come across at least a trip interesting and intriguing films each month released by IFC Films. We got an early September sneak peek, which we gladly share with film fans everywhere.

Amid the haunting refineries of southeast Texas, hard-drinking single dad Hollis (played by Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious 13-year-old Jacob (Josh Wiggins). Obsessed with heavy metal and seething with rebellious anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross---but his reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (Deke Garner). When the authorities catch wind of the volatile situation, Wes is put in the custody of his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with two things: winning a local motocross championship and getting his brother back. With a scorching central performance by Wiggins and heartrendingly raw turns by Paul and Lewis, Hellion is a powerful portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution that's impossible to shake. The film, which won the Gamechanger Award at the SXSW film festival, received wide praise.

More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (played by Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long-lost rock god Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp), who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie hits the road in search of answers, but what she finds along the way may instead bring her to uncover more truths about herself than she thought possible. Co-starring Oliver Platt and Amy Seimetz, Lucky Them is a thoughtful and heartwarming journey of self-discovery in the tumultuous world of music stardom.

Recently released from prison and cast out by his family, young kickboxer Majid (Marwan Kenzari) sees few opportunities to better himself in the grim suburb of the Netherlands he calls home. Deciding to put his talents as a fighter to use, he enters a boxing gym owned by Ben (Raymond Thiry), who quickly spots Majid's raw talent and starts to coach him in the techniques needed to enter the ring while also instilling in him the discipline and respect a true fighter needs. But as Majid's notoriety both in and out of the fighting circuit begins to grow, he finds himself confronted with his criminal past and the world of organized crime that's threatening to take over his community. Grittily stylish,
Wolf is a hard-hitting exploration of one warrior's quest for redemption.