Artistic License

words-pictures-clip-videoSixteenByNine600The studios having unloaded their big guns on Wednesday, today’s release slate is all about the little movies. Most of which are actually worth watching, so that’s nice.

Borgman: Audiences at TIFF 2013 were buzzing about Alex van Warmerdam’s creeper about a bourgeois family that unwittingly invites a maniac into their home, and Paul liked it too. I am intrigued.

Gerontophilia: Nearly a year after its TIFF premiere, Bruce LaBruce’s transgressive comedy about a young dude (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) with a fetish for elderly men lands at the Lightbox. Rad finds it surprisingly … conventional.

It’s Only Make Believe: Silje Salmonsen plays a young mother whose release from prison leads only to further troubles in this thriller (?) from Norwegian director Arild Østin Ommundsen. Jose approves, with reservations.

Manakamana: Hypnotic and compelling, rhythmic and soothing, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’ series of ethnographic snapshots is exactly what the world needs. Don’t believe me? Go see.

Whitey: United States of America Vs. James J. Bulger: Joe Berlinger’s documentary explores the legal and ethical contradictions created by the FBI’s tangled connections to the Boston mob boss. Weirdly more upsetting on philosophical grounds than it is on when it comes to the true-crime stuff.

Words and Pictures: Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are absolutely dreadful in Fred Schepisi’s abominable Romantic Comedy With Something To Say. Seriously, there’s a universe where Lasse Hallstrom made this movie and it turned out better.

Need something else to watch? A glorious Criterion edition of A Hard Day’s Night just came out on Blu-ray. You might want to get on that.

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