On Laggies And The Rest Of This Weekend's Wide and Special Releases.
Director: Lynn Shelton.
Writer: Andrea Seigel.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell.
Playing At: Angelika Film Center (Dallas and Plano).
Laggies is a really sweet film, and you really should see it. It's a terrific, grown-up take on growing up, and it's directed by Lynn Shelton, whose previous films Humpday and Your Sister's Sister are just as sweet and good-natured as this one. Oh, and Laggies co-stars Sam Rockwell, too. And that’s always a great selling point.
Director: Christopher Nolan.
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain.
Playing At: Wide.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has blasted off into a theater near you. Here's our review from Kip Mooney, who thought it was a visual splendor but a bit of an emotional disappointment.
Big Hero 6.
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams.
Writer: Robert L. Bair, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts (screenplay); Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle (comic).
Cast: T.J. Miller, Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph.
Playing At: Wide.
Could you really say no to a Disney animation superhero movie starring a giant inflatable robot? How?
Elsa & Fred.
Director: Michael Radford.
Writer: Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford.
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden.
Playing At: AMC Mesquite.
Fred Barcroft (played by the eternally magnificent Christopher Plummer) meets and falls in love with Elsa Hayes (Shirley MacLaine), who just wants to live her life like she's in a Fellini movie and is also dying. But Fred's a romantic, so he fulfills her dream in the most romantic way possible. Old people are adorable.
The Great Invisible.
Director: Margaret Brown.
Cast: Meccah Boynton-Brown, Doug Brown, Bob Cavnar.
Playing At: Angelika Film Center (Dallas).
The Great Invisible is only Margaret Brown’s third documentary, but she's already established herself as one of the most respected documentarians in the industry. Why? Because she treats the people she's filming as actual human beings and not just subjects, which is, unfortunately, something few filmmakers are ever able to achieve. Considering all the praise she's receive from the people in this film and those who helped make it, she clearly once again flashes her abilities this in The Great Invisible. While Brown may be invisible in this film about the real-life repercussions of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, her presence is clearly there.
Director: Kevin Greutert.
Writer: Robert Ben Garant.
Cast: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter.
Playing At: AMC Grapevine Mills.
Jessabelle didn't screen for critics and, when I think about it, I've really heard next to nothing about it. Surefire signs that this movie is probably worse than 1,000 Giglis? Maybe, but I really have no idea.
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death.
Director: Israel Luna.
Writer: Israel Luna.
Cast: Justin Armstrong, Swisyzinna, Nicole Holt.
Playing At: Inwood.
Not to be confused with the shitfest that just released and was called Ouija, this one, called The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death is an unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary 2011 film, The Ouija Experiment. Side note: Who else is curious why this film is being released a week after Halloween?
Director: Isaac Feder.
Writer: Bill Kennedy.
Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring, Abby Elliott.
Playing At: Studio Grill Spring Valley.
What has Haley Joel Osment been up to since seeing dead people? Starring in a movie called Sex Ed about an unlovable loser who gets a job as a sex education teacher. (Oh, and he also was in a promo for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia once. It's pretty funny.)
Lone Star International Film Festival.
The Lone Star International Film Festival kicked off yesterday. Curious about which films are screening? Read my preview here. It's a pretty kickin' lineup of movies this year.