The Filth and the Fury

131004filthJames McAvoy providing the former, and Angelina Jolie the latter. And hey, doesn’t that just make you want to watch Wanted again? Only me? Never mind.

Cyber-Seniors: “Hey, who wouldn’t want to watch an hour and a half of young people helping the elderly sign up for Facebook?” Well, Jose, for one.

Filth: Arriving a week after Days of Future Past got James McAvoy’s mug back on billboards, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s cracked-copper novel is something of an unholy mess. Rad liked it more than I did, mind you. (Also, I’m introducing an opening-night double bill of this and Danny Boyle’s truly brilliant take on Welsh’s Trainspotting Friday night at the Carlton Cinemas. You should come!)

The Grand Seduction: Don McKellar moves La Grande Seduction to Newfoundland for an East Coast spin on the material — and imbues it with a little more relevance than it might otherwise have had.

Hotel Congress: Nadia Litz and Michel Kandinsky’s tiny little character study-cum-romantic mystery is an intriguing experiment in austerity, and a very dry comedy.

Maleficent: Angelina Jolie goes dark — and Susan digs it — in Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty remake, which also stars Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Juno Temple as the good fairies (seriously!) and Elle Fanning as the princess in peril.

A Million Ways to Die in the West: Seth MacFarlane’s latest sandbox has actual sand in it — and a really great Charlize performance — but not much else, I’m sad to say.

The Missing Picture: Rithy Panh’s innovative documentary explores the impact of the Khmer Rouge on his own personal history — and turns profound horror into literal art, which is no small achievement.

Tom at the Farm: Xavier Dolan’s quasi-thriller opens in English Canada on the heels of his Cannes triumph with Mommy. John liked this a lot at TIFF, but I have yet to catch up to it myself.

We Are the Best!: Susan falls hard for Lukas Moodyson’s scrappy charmer about three teen girls who form a punk band — and why wouldn’t she? It’s great!

Web Junkie: The flip side of Cyber-Seniors is this documentary about Chinese teens on a detox program from the internet. Rad is impressed by its level-headedness.

… so what are you doing this weekend? It’s been forever since you saw Trainspotting on the big screen, right?

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