SONY-BDOS-01_Onesheet4.16.13_Layout 1One of the best movies of the year opens today, along with one of the worst. It’s a karmic thing, I guess.

Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm: Shot in 2010, two years before his death, this doc honors The Band’s most valuable player by showing him warts and all.

Before Midnight: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply reunite for another look at Jesse and Celine, nine years further down the road. Eric Rohmer would be proud.

The East: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follow Sound of My Voice with another moody thriller about rituals and underground communities — but this one eschews the SF trappings, and winds up feeling fairly conventional.

Free the Mind: Can we harness the power of the human mind without going all new-agey about it? John has reservations about Phie Ambo’s documentary, but finds it makes some intriguing points.

The Internship: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson would like to remind you that Wedding Crashers made a lot of money in 2005. Also, fuck this movie. (Review will be up later this afternoon.)

The Kings of Summer: Lyrical coming-of-age drama meets absurdist comedy in Jordan Vogt-Roberts charming debut, which plays like Moonrise Kingdom if Wes Anderson wasn’t so hung up on his childhood and hung out at Largo on weekends. Also: Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly, Marc Evan Jackson, Craig Cackowski and Kumail Nanjiani.

One Mile Above: A young man from Taiwan sets out to complete his dead brother’s vision quest by cycling up a freakin’ mountain in Du Jiayi’s drama, which Phil thinks is okay.

Peaches Does Herself: The avant-garde rocker gets the stage show she’s always wanted — and the genitals, too, apparently. Go to town, Peaches fans.

The Purge: Hey, it’s Ethan Hawke again! Starring in a thriller set in a near-future America where laws are suspended for a twelve-hour period every year! Probably nothing bad will happen, right?

There, that should position you nicely for the weekend.  Now to watch more movies, because that’s all I know.

2 thoughts on “Reunions”

  1. So “one of the best” is probably Before Midnight or Kings of Summer… and “one of the worst” likely is The Internship (though maybe The Purge). Did I get that right? 🙂

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