Film This Weekend at the Movies
posted by July 18 at 15:06 PMon
If you haven’t noticed (you probably didn’t), I have failed to post This Weekend at the Movies for the past two weeks. I’m sorry—vacation, then a day off to recover from riding to Portland on my bicycle, got in the way.
Here, briefly, are links to reviews of notable recent movies: WALL•E, The Wackness, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Monsieur Verdoux (damn, you missed it), Tell No One, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, and Brick Lane (only at the Crest this week).
Is the Weinstein Co. in trouble?
And Mara Manus is the new executive director of the rapidly expanding Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Opening this week (we like everything!):
Charles Mudede adores Alexandra (“Because the acting plays a very small role in Alexandra, the cinema is free to flourish”).
Paul Constant reviews The Dark Knight (“Heath Ledger seems as though he’s alternating roles in a dark love scene between Daffy Duck, Marlon Brando, and Hannibal Lecter. It’s a riveting performance, and terrifying”).
Jon Frosch writes about The Last Mistress (“If The Last Mistress hits harder than Catherine Breillat’s previous, more sexually explicit work, it’s in large part thanks to Asia Argento. The actress stalks, gnarls, gnashes, and vamps her way through the movie, yet it never seems like she’s hamming it up; hers is one of the most vivid portrayals of lust that I’ve seen”).
Lindy West actually likes Mamma Mia! (“Sparkling and earnest, hammy beyond all acceptable boundaries of ham, full of slow-motion leaping and young love—it’s the movie equivalent of, well, ABBA. The cast rules: Meryl Streep is adorable; Pierce Brosnan sings (TERRIBLY) and stands on a cliff looking windswept in front of an Aegean sunset. Mamma Mia! entertained the shit out of me”).
And Charles Mudede defends Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (“You do not think of Philip Glass and see a human being, but, instead, you hear a type of sound, a tone, a tune, a movement that is beautiful, repetitive, and architectural. And so the first thing any film about Glass’s music must do is reduce it to a human being”).
For other limited run films and one-time events, including Last Year at Marienbad, Seattle Bike-In, and Planet of the Apes, see our movie times search. There’s also a review of Space Chimps, if you must.