Since making her Sundance debut with HUMPDAY in 2009, writer-director Lynn Shelton’s steady output of work has accumulated into a distinctive brand. Always set in and around Seattle and starring either Mark Duplass (HUMPDAY) or Rosemary Dewitt (TOUCHY FEELY)—or, at her best, both of them (YOUR SISTER’S SISTER)—Shelton’s films are distinguished by their improvisational style and a tone that lies somewhere between laid back and extremely uncomfortable. Her latest film, LAGGIES, marks the first time she’s directed a film whose script she didn’t personally pen. Although the story by Andrea Seigel is more tightly constructed (and much more neatly wrapped up) than Shelton’s own improvised scripts, the story of arrested development in extremis fits neatly into the director’s oeuvre.
So you’re a fan, right — of films, sex, true stories, sports teams, gelato, whatever? But are you, you know, a big fan? You can prove it by watching these movies, featuring all of the above (well, maybe not the gelato). This week three inspired-by-a-true-story films offer up heart-wrenching crime, tear-jerking redemption and ass-kicking action (not to mention hotties like Keira Knightley and Jon Hamm).