With the big Thanksgiving movies just around the corner, this week’s pretty quiet on the new-release front. Well, except for the one about the boy wizard. Shall we get into it?
“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”: Alex Gibney’s documentary expands upon a thread dangled in his first 2010 entry, “Casino Jack and the United States of Money“, exploring the machinations of America’s financial sector to bring down the crusading (though fatally exposed) Gov. Spitzer. Susan likes it a lot.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1“: The first half of the last “Harry Potter” story finds the franchise fully matured and ready to tackle some very heavy themes. Speaking as someone who’s found most of the movies repetitive and pointless, I’m really impressed with the way David Yates has brought the series into its own as cinema. Pretty great stuff, even if you don’t know the first thing about Quidditch.
“The Next Three Days“: Russell Crowe plots to spring Elizabeth Banks from prison in Paul Haggis’ slick but unnecessary remake of Fred Cavaye’s “Pour Elle”, which throws out all the ambiguity and psychological detail of the original for a more orderly moral universe where every awful thing is justified by the plot. And Liam Neeson only gets the one scene.