“Irrational Man,” this year’s movie from Woody Allen, is a hodgepodge of parts held together by an enigmatic protagonist and a finely nuanced performance by Joaquin Phoenix taking on that role. Longtime fans will recognize the formula.
Fuqua’s works possess auteur flourishes while notching much off the blockbuster checklist – In short, he’s an anomaly and a blessing during these dog days of summer, and Gyllenhaal clearly relished getting into tip-top shape for this underdog role.
After a traumatic breakup, a filmmaker listens to fellow passengers on a trip to Fire Island – and hears what “sound like a bunch of braying ninnies.” Why try so hard to sound “normal” is a question he only eventually comes around to asking.
“Tangerine” is the kind of film you probably wouldn’t have seen five or 10 years ago: It was shot on an iPhone 5s (several, actually) and stars two transgendered actors.
Sam Peckinpah’s magnum opus redefined the Western and the way violence was witnessed onscreen, as well as paving the way for the works of Coppola and Scorsese in the ’70s and later influencing Quentin Tarantino. See it in 70mm tonight.
If you haven’t seen any Edgar Wright films in theaters, this weekend is the time to do it. The Brattle hosts a “Wright On! Edgar Wright and His Influences” series from Friday through Sunday with his four modern classics.
This stunning exposé embeds a fearless filmmaker along the U.S.-Mexican border, where the crystal meth drug trade thrives and vigilante forces on both sides of the fence try to stem it – a real life “The Wild Bunch” meets “Traffic,” without a happy ending.
“I’m old, but not obsolete,” is the new Arnold Schwarzenegger zinger in this “Terminator” franchise reboot. “I’ll be back” gets recycled too, but don’t expect this return to be better than the originals. (Although it’s better than than the last two efforts.)
“The Overnight” is one of those on-the-clock, dark comedies driven by melodrama and sexually charged situations. The great asset at director Patrick Brice’s disposal is his cast – mainly the slack and enigmatic but always soulful Jason Schwartzman.
Crystal Moselle’s intrigue documentary “The Wolfpack” follows the secluded lives of the six Angulo brothers, who were raised in relative isolation – never leaving their small Lower East Side apartment in Manhattan – for nearly 17 years.