Friday, June 14, 2013

5 Must See Movies This Weekend ... Including Man of Steel

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM


1) Before Midnight, writer-director Richard Linklater’s follow-up to 2004’s Before Sunset, emphasizes dialogue over action as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) begin to question their relationship while vacationing in Greece. Jesse has just said goodbye to his son Hank, who’s flown back to the States where he lives with his mother, Jesse’s ex-wife. On the drive back to the vacation home with their two kids, Jesse and Celine get in a bit of a spat as Jesse hints that he might want to move back to the States to be closer to Hank. And the rest of the movie proceeds in similar fashion. The slow-moving film is helped by the fact that Delpy and Hawke, both of whom contributed to the script, have terrific chemistry and seem completely natural in their respective roles. (Jeff Niesel)

2) Love is All You Need: This old-school Danish romance finds an embittered fruit-and-vegetable magnate (Pierce Brosnan) fall for the mother of his son's fiancee during a wedding weekend at a villa in Italy. Gorgeous scenery but Scandinavian somberness prevails. It's got all the ingredients of one of those event-based, merrily claustrophobic rom-coms, except—notably—laughs. Opens at the Cedar Lee today. (Sam Allard)

3) Hors Satan: Do you like weird, minimalist French films with occasional eruptions of graphic violence? Then boy, have we got a treat for you. Hors Satan, a 2011 Cannes competitor directed by Bruno Dumont (who’s won the Grand Prix there twice) follows a nameless, emotionless drifter on France’s northern coast as he guards a goth-type girl who’s endured emotional hardship and physical abuse. “Guards” in this case means “kills anyone who advances upon her.” No real story to speak of. The two wackjobs just basically walk around the pastures and sometimes sort of flirt or else just gaze into the distance. It’s minimalism at its most exquisite — spare and tiresome but still visually interesting. You definitely have to be into this sort of thing. The lead guy looks like a cross between Vincent Cassel and Quasimodo, so there’s that. Plays today at 5 p.m. at the Cinematheque. (Allard)

4) The Magnificent Seven: Can you imagine anything more appropriate for Father’s Day than going to watch a bunch of Hollywood’s ’60s-era cowboys shoot guns and throw knives and ride horses and talk low, all on the big screen? It’s The Magnificent Seven, gents, that much-referenced 1960 John Sturges Western, adapted from the Japanese classic Seven Samurai. Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen star in the ensemble story about a team of American gunfighters hired by a Mexican village annually terrorized by bandits. The Capitol Theatre is showing the film as part of its Sunday Classics Brunch and Movie Series. (Allard)

5) Man of Steel: Zack Snyder's Superman reboot — the first in the franchise not to use "Superman" in the title — is a non-stop CGI romp It doesn't even grant audiences the "origin story" pleasures of watching a superhero discovering his powers. Instead, Snyder begins the film with Clark Kent as an adult, providing essential back story via dreamy flashbacks —Beasts of the Kansas Wild?—featuring Kevin Costner, who seems incapable of doing anything but imparting Crucial Life Lessons. The final battle sequence wreaks so much outlandish infrastructural chaos on Metropolis that it's impossible to take seriously. Skyscrapers literally crumble left and right. Michael Shannon is little more than a generic villain for hire, and Amy Adams is fine as Lois Lane, though it's not like she has much to work with. There are some interesting visual elements throughout, and a strong showing from Henry Cavill as the eponymous Man of Steel, but it's a jumble of misplaced priorities here. (Allard)

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