Week of Friday October 17th 2014
Bicycling With Molière (2014-France) C-104min. D: Philippe Le Guay. Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson. Comedy by the director of The Women on the 6th Floor about 2 men—one a soap opera star, the other a stage actor—sharing a home on an idyllic French island, a play they’re thinking about doing, and the women who fall into their lives and beds. [NR]
The Equation of Life (2013) C-32min.+bonus D,Sc: Gerry Orz. A boy being bullied at school begins to record his experiences for all to see. A Based on a true situation, autobiographically directed by the 11-year-old victim himself. [NR]
Fitzcarraldo (1982-Germany) C-157min. D: Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski. New copies of the epic classic by the ultimate independent director.[PG]
Half of a Yellow Sun (2012-GB-Nigeria) C-113min. D: Biyi Bandele. Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose. Privileged twins Newton and Rose adapt to city life and love in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi. [R; some violence and sexual content]
Mercenaries (2014) C-90min. D: Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray. Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Zoë Bell, Kristanna Loken, Cynthia Rothrock. When the President’s daughter is kidnapped while touring a war zone, an all-female commando squad infiltrates a women’s prison to rescue her. Something of an estrogen Expendables. [NR]
Mobilize (2014) C-84min. D,Sc: Kevin Kunze. Arresting documentary about cell phone radiation, which the World Health Organization has described as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” [NR]
Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) C-92min. D: Rob Minkoff. CGI animated version of the Rocky & Bullwinkle TV staple from the 1960s. Reboot has a few name actors (Mel Brooks, for example), but this reboot is about revisiting history with a sense of humor. [PG; mild action, brief rude humor]
Strange Lady in Town (1955) C-112min. D: Mervyn LeRoy. Greer Garson as a Boston physician in old Santa Fe.
Frankie Laine sings “Strange Lady in Town”:
Venus in Fur (2014-France-Poland) D: Roman Polanski. Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. Not the scandalous 1870 von Sacher-Mosoch novel itself, but a film version of the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives about a stage director auditioning an actress for a very demanding part. Seigner has been married to expatriate Polanski for 25 years. [NR]
Whitey (2014) C-107min. D: Joe Berlinger. True crime documentary about notorious South Boston gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger, who was once #2 on America’s Most Wanted List, right under Osama bin Laden. More an indictment of the U.S. judicial system, inefficient at best, corrupt at worst, than the biopic of a bigtime hood. [R; language and some crime scene images]
Witching & Bitching (2013-Spain) D: Alex de la Iglesia. Hugo Silva, Maria Casas. Jewelry thieves on the lam hide out in a remote but lavish estate, only to find they are the hostages of a coven of witches. Spanish comedy-horror is a festival favorite. Aka Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi. [NR]
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) C-131min. D: Brian Singer. Time-travel entry in the big-screen big-budget series featuring Marvel mutants. This 4th film (after X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand) makes Wolverine shoot back to 1973 to try to prevent bleak calamity in our own time. Even Peters as Quicksilver is a standout. [PG-13; intense sci-fi action and violence, some suggestive material, nudity, and language]
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
X-Men: Fays of Future Past (2014)
New TV series, Miniseries, and Mysteries:
Fargo (2014-FX) Season 1, episodes, 4 discs.
Honorable Woman, The (2014-BBC) Maggie Gyllenhaal in an Anglo-Israeli spy thriller. Season 1, episodes, 3 discs.
Penny Dreadful (2014-Showtime) Season 1, 9 episodes, 3 discs.