All Sorts

tmnt-2014As we head into summer’s final movement, all manner of titles start flying into theatres. Major studio CG fests! Artful indies! Whatever The Hundred-Foot Journey is supposed to be!

Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Shall we run through the list?

About Alex: Jesse Zwick’s Big Chill update doesn’t really update Lawrence Kasdan’s boomer class as repeat it with the occasional line about smartphones not working in the sticks. Jason Ritter’s pretty good, though.

Calvary: John Michael McDonagh’s followup to his brilliant The Guard is a different sort of animal — an intimate, bristling character study of a priest, a small village and all of Ireland, anchored by a fantastic performance by Brendan Gleeson. Don’t miss it.

Elena: Jose is much impressed with Petra Costa’s documentary about her ill-fated younger sister. Perhaps you will be too.

An Honest Liar: Illusionist turned debunker James Randi gets the documentary he deserves — incisive, unblinking and ultimately amazing. Please note that I’ll be moderating a Q&A with Randi tonight (Friday) following the 6:30 pm show at the Bloor. There may be cake.

The Hundred-Foot Journey: Lasse Hallstrom’s latest is another cross-cultural romance, sort of, with food being the thing that brings a French chef (Helen Mirren) and a Mumbai patriatch (Om Puri) together. Perhaps they make a deal to import Yemeni salmon.

Into the Storm: Yup, it’s a found-footage Twister — but as it turns out, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just take a few decent actors (including Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage and Matt Walsh), throw a bunch of tornadoes at them and cross your fingers.

Land Ho!: Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens’ charming road picture follows two aging friends (Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson)  on a weeklong visit to Iceland. Not much happens. Not much needs to.

Night Moves: Kelly Reichardt’s slow-burn thriller is slender enough that it risks getting lost in the crowd of late-summer titles … but if you’re in the right mood, its sultry charms will draw you in, and you’ll be able to appreciate how good Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning really are as activists planning to bomb a dam in Oregon. (They’re really good.)

Step Up: All In: Oh, hey, another one.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: They just look so weird, don’t they? So very weird. Also, Michael Bay is involved so you know it’s not going to be any fun. Andrew was not amused.

And there, that’s it for another week. And if there doesn’t seem to be enough to choose on this week’s slate, don’t fret; next week’s is positively insane.

5 thoughts on “All Sorts”

  1. Okay, the counterprogramming of food/travel porn Hundred-Foot Journey looks good as it stands, but if partway through the movie Helen Mirren broke out her RED character, it would hit some sort of trifecta of audience appeal. I’ll be watching this one secretly hoping Mirren throws a deadly accurate knife at someone in the kitchen.

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  3. //For e.g if the Brahmins get 5 percent, so to say, quota, the quota will be taken by the mihgty among them. The economically weakest like priests cant compete with their rich counterparts.It should be left to the caste leaders of brahmins to build safeguards for the weak – the priests, the women, the phycially handicapped etc. within the caste, within the 5 per cent quota.Ditto for dalits etc.//? .?.??? ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ,Honest answer needed.Rather than eradicating caste differences, your idea is to perpetuate the caste identity and caste identity based differences. Yes or no ?A SC will always be a SC for the next 2000 years. An OBC will be OBC for another 2000 years and feed shit to SC people.Excellent Social Justice. Keep it up followers of EVR and his butt lickers.//When the whole population gets covered under quota, there wont be any question of merits.//Yes, because there will be none.?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ??? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ?? ? . ?? ?? ? ? ?? ? ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ??? ? ? ? .? ? ? ? ? , ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ?? ? ? ?? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ? . ?? ? , ?? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ?? ? ??? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? , ? ? ? ? ? ? ? !?? ? ? ? ? ? ?! ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ?! ? ? ?? !

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