On paper, the story could not be better: Win or lose, Anthony Weiner was going to get a second chance at political life as cameras rolled. But what this documentary became is something darker and more alluring than what the filmmakers could have imagined.
“Neighbors 2” might not achieve the comedic heights of its predecessor, but it demonstrates a remarkable ambition – it understands it can make jokes that are inclusive, don’t offend any underrepresented group and can still be funny.
In “The Nice Guys” we’re hanging out in a Los Angeles where the neon buzz of “Boogie Nights” meets the corruption of “L.A. Confidential” – and darkly funny auteur Shane Black has decided Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling will get us through the night.
It’s been in the works for years – perhaps too many. The game, once the hottest thing you could have on your iDevice, has become today’s “Asteroids.” That and logic aside, here it comes, just what we all needed, the “Angry Birds” in their very own movie.
Dropping by unexpectedly to see recovering rocker Marianne Lane and friend, because these things just happen on remote rock outcroppings in the middle of the Mediterranean, is an ex-lover and producer with with a nubile daughter he didn’t know he had.
Ben Wheatley’s newest film is a repulsive, structureless, obscenity of a film that would rather glorify hyper-violence, sexual assault and mayhem then tell a comprehensible story.
Among the many films showing this year at the 14th annual Independent Film Festival Boston, expect to hear more about the “Newtown” documentary, the danger-filled drama “The Fits” and the delightful “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”
The good news about the latest Marvel project to land on the screen is that it’s livelier and more entertaining than the other “Avenger” offerings – even if this one technically waves the “Captain America” banner.
With a mess of movies to choose from, here are a few highlights to check out to keep from being overwhelmed by the lineup at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston.
Remarkably ambitious and anxiously taut from its opening shots to its closing, the success of “Green Room” isn’t found in its jump scares or gore (although both are plentiful) but in its realistic approach to both.