December’s Bounty

It’s Friday morning and I’m off to see one of the many, many holiday releases that runs gleefully past the two-and-a-half hour mark. (Gosh, I hope there’s singing!) But because I’m a responsible sort, here’s the regularly scheduled release roundup.

Bestiare: Denis Cote’s documentary on the watchfulness of animals didn’t make it onto Canada’s Top Ten after all, meaning that even TIFF has given up on trying to break him out as a filmmaker worth following. Well, whatever. He don’t need your stinkin’ honors. But he does need reviews like Rad‘s.

Deadfall: Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are brother-sister criminals whose flight from a botched heist leads them to stumble into two even more problematic families in Stefan Ruzowitzkty’s thriller about the dark compulsions of the really, really good-looking. Susan thinks it’s worth it for Bana.

Entre Les Bras: Paul Lacoste’s documentary finds father and son chefs negotiating the elder’s retirement in a particularly pictureseque region of France. Watch this before the inevitable remake with Michel Piccoli and Guillaume Canet.

Exile: A Myth Unearthed: Does recently discovered archaeological evidence suggest that the concept of a Jewish diaspora is maybe a little … shaky? Jose finds the concept of Ilan Ziv’s documentary plenty provocative, but his execution insufferably generic.

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet: Indeed, metal guitarist Jason Becker is not dead yet — he’s just being ravaged by Lou Gehrig’s disease. And John is none too impressed with Jesse Vile’s profile, which had its Toronto premiere at Hot Docs earlier this spring.

Playing for Keeps: Oh, Gerard Butler. The last thing you want to do in a fluffy, boneheaded romantic comedy is try to act. Did you learn nothing from The Ugly Truth and The Bounty Hunter? You’re too good for this life, I tell you.

There you go. Make the right choice, folks — and by that I mean go see Holy Motors this weekend I know you’ve been putting it off. Come on, make a statement.

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