In yet another week of many releases, Ben Affleck puts on his star and director hats for "Argo," Colin Farrell reunites with his "In Bruges" partner Martin McDonagh for "Seven Psychopaths," and Kevin James does MMA for some reason in "Here Comes the Boom." Check out the reviews and trailers for movies opening this weekend.
After a couple of Boston-steeped crime thrillers, Affleck's ambition for the thriller has gone international, it’s gone important, but, crucially, not self-important.
We’re too good to say, “I’m going to the movies to see ‘The Paperboy,’ ” because it’s hard to tell your friends — or sometimes yourself — that you saw trash at the movies, even if it’s trash as glorious as this.
Martin McDonagh wants to prove he can do it all: make a parody Tarantino movie while going Tarantino one better, pull off a Charlie Kaufman-style meta-movie with genre film juice, give a Guy Ritchie crime caper a literate spin.
"Here Comes the Boom"
It’s a lean (get a look at its newly slimmed star), mean (get a look at that star being pummeled), ultimate-fighting machine that delivers repeated blows — to the abdomen, to the head, and to the groin, but not often enough to the funny bone.
"Keep the Lights On"
This is sad in the familiar ways stories of addiction and romantic futility often are. What the writer-director does that distinguishes his is strip away the stress and the drama and the wildness.
Of all the mediums and psychics and healers that American TV has given us, none approximates the quartet of creeps in this Greek movie.
This is a powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What’s there is strong enough.
Sensitively written, nicely shot, expertly acted, and intelligently ambiguous, “Nobody Walks” still manages to send you out with a shrug. What’s missing from this tale of privileged West Coast infidelity? Urgency, maybe — a sense that the dramatic stakes matter as much to the filmmakers as to their characters.
"The Other Dream Team"
If the final 20 minutes of “The Other Dream Team” doesn’t leave you a bit wet-eyed, you don’t care about sports, geopolitics, or the Grateful Dead. It's the most heart-warming hoop movie this side of “Hoosiers.”
A horror movie can be like an old apartment you just moved into. All it needs is a fresh coat of paint. “Sinister” is kind of like that. It basically moves into a house formerly occupied by dozens of cheap little chillers and makes a few small repairs.
"Wake in Fright"
For nearly 40 years, “Wake in Fright” was regarded as the great lost Australian movie — and most of the country had no interest in finding it.
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