‘prisoners,’ ‘wadjda’ And Other New Movies, Reviewed

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Their platonic friendship (yes, platonic!) is rendered with great humor, poignancy and dignity. Michael OSullivan (No rating) The Wizard of Oz 3D IMAX (PG) Seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen also offers an opportunity to consider the incredible special effects, considering the film was shot more than seven decades ago and long before computer-generated imagery. The black-and-white scenes of Dorothy battling against the wind as a twister approaches were especially transporting. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Wadjda (PG) Youre seeing a world on screen that, until now, has been largely hidden from the filmgoing world at large. Because in addition to being a terrific garden-variety coming-of-age film, Wadjda happens to be the first feature-length movie ever made in Saudi Arabia all the more notable in that its been made by a woman, about a young girl chafing against the religious and social strictures of a kingdom literally shrouded in sexual anxiety, misogyny and severe repression. Ann Hornaday 1/2 Salinger (PG-13) While much of the movie consists of variations on this same theme that Salinger was a brilliant, flawed man the film also delves into more salacious matters, including the role of Catcher in the shootings of Ronald Reagan, John Lennon and Rebecca Schaeffer (gunmen John Hinckley Jr., Mark David Chapman and Robert John Bardo were all fans of the novel). Stephanie Merry The Henchmans War (Unrated) Greene, a native Washingtonian with a handful of local directorial and co-producing credits on his resume, has an eye for urban grit and an ear for tough-guy dialogue. He makes excellent use of his shadowy locations, lending War the coveted visual grime that enhances such pulp-noir material. Sean OConnell 1/2 Battle of the Year (PG-13) Lee is attempting to keep a spotlight shining on b-boy culture, an aggressive style of street dancing that consists of body-contorting twists, flips, leaps, spins and poses set to hip-hop music. Lee showcased this next level of competitive breakdancing in his award-winning 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy , and a feature film building on that awareness makes complete sensejust not five years later, when the fad appears to have faded. Sean OConnell My Lucky Star (Unrated) Bringing Sophies comics to life, the movie interjects drawings and animated sequences. The camera spins excitedly, and the editing is brisk. Split-screen compositions evoke the 1960s, as do Sophies pop-art ensembles, which include a lilac wig with matching lipstick. This girlie romp is less about martial arts and espionage than stuffed animals and dress-up. Mark Jenkins 1/2 Good OlFreda (PG) Ryan White weaves in archival footage of girls fainting and images of old headlines. The soundtrack consists primarily of Beatles covers. While the tales of the bands spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial. Kelly can be cagey, and when a voice offscreen asks if she ever dated any of the guys, she demurs, saying, Thats personal. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Ip Man: The Final Fight (PG-13) The showiest action sequence involves lion dancers who battle atop high wooden posts. The grittiest and final one sends Ip to save one of his former pupils, whos risked fighting for money inside the gangster-controlled Kowloon Walled City. To add to the drama, the showdown occurs during a typhoon. Mark Jenkins Generation Iron (PG-13) Generation Iron succeeds where other rote sports docs often struggle.

The parents are realistically both amused and vaguely annoyed by their children, attentive but ‘don’t bother me’ tired. It’s only when the film leave the homes of the Dovers or Birches that there’s trouble brewing… somethings just off. Why did the movie open with a father/son hunting trip? Why is that strange RV parked on the road? Where did Anna’s (Hugh’s daughter) red emergency whistle go? Are Joy and Anna back yet? The two youngest children just went back to the Dovers to grab that red emergency whistle they wanted to p… ohmygod where are Joy and Anna? MORE, AFTER THE JUMP … The red whistle is not a red herring. Instead, that damn missing whistle acts as a perfect talisman for the movie itself. Prisoners begins emitting piercing psychic cries as the parents spin out of control and the mysteries thicken and the hours drag on. Statistically speaking, things dont look good for missing children after the first couple of days.Keller Dover (Jackman) is a survivalist who believes in being prepared but how do you prepare yourself or your family for the worst nightmares?

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Like Malicks universally acclaimed The Tree of Life, To the Wonder (2013) employs a slow, dreamy, drifting quality. However, its presented on a much smaller scale, focusing on one man and his relationships with two women, which must have seemed less worthy than the more personal/cosmic themes of The Tree of Life. Nonetheless, To the Wonder gets closer to the emotional truth of a relationship than most normal movies, and the addition of Javier Bardem as a tormented priest brings a fascinating layer, leaving both God and love ultimately ungraspable. Ben Affleck stars in a purposely emotionally clouded role, with the beautiful Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams as the alternating objects of his affection. Story of a Love Affair The Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonoini has, like Malick, sometimes met with strong acclaim, and sometimes bafflement. His exemplary feature debut, Story of a Love Affair (1950), doesnt seem to enjoy the reputation of some of his more famous movies (like LAvventura and Blow Up). Yet its a striking work, showing a master filmmaker fully formed from the start. The story has wealthy factory owner Enrico (Ferdinando Sarmi) hiring a detective to investigate his beautiful young wife, Paola (Lucia Bose). She reconnects with an old lover, Guido (Massimo Girotti), and they begin to plot an affairand worseviolence, but soon their passion begins to fade. Antonioni places his lonely figures in forlorn, empty and industrial landscapes, pulling them apart and emphasizing feelings of isolation, ennui, and disconnect. And yet the film still has its moments of crackling passion and secret suspense. Twilight (coming 10/1) Speaking of detectives, the mystery story Twilight (1998), by Academy Award-winning writer and director Robert Benton, also received very little attention when it was released in 1998 (and now its overshadowed by a much more famous Twilight). Paul Newman stars as a retired detective.