Pretty Great, For February

bill-murray-monuments-menAfter last week’s massive wave of releases, things settle down a bit now. But there’s some really great stuff coming at you.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia: The literary lion and not-so-secret counterculture activist is celebrated at length in this enjoyable portrait, opening in a commercial run a few months after its Doc Soup premiere.

The Lego Movie: Everything is indeed awesome in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s delirious adventure comedy, which is one of the smarter, funnier pieces of mainstream entertainment I’ve seen in a very long time. You don’t have to see it in 3D if you don’t want to.

The Monuments Men: George Clooney’s WWII picture — based on true events, but packaged like an old-school war picture like The Great Escape — is taking fire for being too light and not visceral enough. And then I remember how people lost their minds over Inglourious Basterds, and it all makes sense.

Sex After Kids: Glenn appreciates the performances of Ennis Esmer and Katie Boland in Jeremy Lalonde’s relationship comedy, but wishes the movie itself had been better. (Title corrected after Chris helpfully pointed out I’d screwed it up.)

The Unbelievers: Gus Holwerda’s documentary goes all-out in its veneration of atheist proponents Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss … and all I can think is, “Hippy, stay off my side.” 

Vampire Academy: Umm … I actually have no idea what this is, but I’m seeing it this afternoon. Stand by for further developments?

Oh, and I’ve been featured in Eric Veillette’s “A Drink With …” column today, opening a window into my childhood and the beginnings of my lifelong love of cinema.

It’s the first time I’ve been inside the Toronto Star in almost eight years. Feels a weird, to be honest.

2 thoughts on “Pretty Great, For February”

  1. Were you a little short on caffeine this morning when you called Sex After Kids, Sex With Kids? (And thanks to Glenn’s review, now I’ll be stuck thinking which actor with a great voice I’d like to hear say “fellating” for the rest of the day. (Early choice, Alan Rickman, but the day is young.)

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