Week of Friday October 3rd 2014
Are You Here (2013) C-114min. D,Sc: Matthew Weiner. Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler. A local TV weatherman helps defend his left-of-center best friend’s sudden inheritance against his pal’s driven sister in this dysfunctional family comedy. Directorial debut of the producer of Mad Men. [R; language, drug us and some sexual content, nudity]
Chef (2014) C-114min. D,Sc: Jon Favreau. Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson. Extremely popular serious comedy about a restaurant chef who loses his job, only to open up a food truck entirely on his own, all in an attempt to pull his family back together again. One-man band Favreau, reuniting with his Iron Man star Downey, actually trained to do his own for-real cooking on screen. [R; language, including some suggestive references]
Cold in July (2014-US-France) C-110min. D,CoSc: Jim Mickle. Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson. In 1989 Texas, a man shoots a burglar and becomes a small-town hero to everyone but the lowlife’s ex-con father, who wants revenge. Southwest noir adapted by the director of We Are What We Are (2013) from the 1992 novel by Joe Lansdale, who recently appeared in person with this film at the Jean Cocteau. [R; disturbing bloody violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity]
Dead Poets Society (1989) C-129min. D: Peter Weir. Robin Williams. Fresh new copies of this Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay. [PG]
Decoding Annie Parker (2013) C-100min. D,CoSc: Steven Bernstein. Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt. The separate paths of a breast cancer survivor and a geneticist cross, leading to an unexpected 20th century medical breakthrough. An empowering movie, often comic, about parallel lives intersecting, and how everything changes when that happens, and based on real people. [R; language and some sexual content]
Lucky Them (2013) C-96min. D: Megan Griffiths. Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt. A Seattle rock journalist on the cusp of losing her job tries to impress her crusty editor by tracking down a long-vanished musical icon…who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. [R; language, some sexual content, and drug use]
Third Person (2014) C-136min. D,Sc: Paul Haggis. Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody. Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Kim Basinger. Three stories about love, set in New York, Paris, and Rome, about 3 couples who seem to have nothing in common, but since this is a film by the Oscar-winning writer-director of Crash (2005), you know they’re going to meet up somehow. Just wait for it. [R; language and some sexuality/nudity]
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) C-165min. D: Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz. Reboot of the extra-large series takes place long after the first trilogy, as an eccentric rural inventor comes across Optimus Prime in disguise as a rusting 18-wheeler. Meanwhile, the Decepticons are on their way back to planet Earth, aiming to extinguish the Autobots once and for all. [PG-13; intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and brief innuendo]
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
New TV Series and Mysteries:
The Field of Blood (2014-BBC Scotland) David Morrissey, Peter Capaldi, Jayd Johnson. Female reporter in a 1980s Glasgow newsroom, from the crime novels by Denise Mina (available at the SFe Public Library). Season 1, 2 separate mysteries (“The Field of Blood,” “The Dead Hour”) each on 1 disc.
24: Live Another Day (2014-FX) Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski. Jack Bauer returns, as he keeps on saving the world. Self-contained miniseries, 12 episodes, 3 discs.