On A Most Wanted Man And The Rest Of This Weekend's Wide And Special Releases.
Director: Luc Besson.
Writer: Luc Besson.
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
Stylish, silly and illogical. Lucy is brain-dead on arrival. Check out our full review here.
Director: Brett Ratner.
Writer: Ryan J. Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay) Steve Moore (comic).
Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
I love The Rock. He's charming, funny and a pretty damn good actor. But I can't take The Rock serious when he's clearly bald and required to be serious while wearing an ugly wig. Also, all jokes aside, director Brett Ratner is a real piece of shit. Unless someone comes up with a good drinking game while watching this film, it's probably going to be zero percent fun. I've been wrong before, but it's usually over what kind of pizza to order.
A Most Wanted Man
Director: Anton Corbijn.
Writer: Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel).
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams.
Where it's playing: Angelika, Cinemark, AMC.
I saw A Most Wanted Man early this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last starring role and is directed by Anton Corbijn (Control). This dream pairing made this film already feel great. But once the credits rolled, I already forgot about the movie. It's a slow burn with no payoff. A dreary movie not even Corbijn and Hoffman could save. That said, you should still go see it for Hoffman. Who knows, maybe you'll love it and will yell at me for having an opinion.
Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Mike Cahill
Cast: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Britt Marling
Where it's playing: Magnolia, Cinemark West Plano
Filmmaker Mike Cahill has a colorful vision. His last film, Another Earth, is about two Earths and the “what if” scenario if a mistake you made never happened. It's solid but not as strong as his latest, I Origins, which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. If you're looking for an existential film that's a bit out there to watch this weekend, make it this one.
An American Werewolf in London
Director: John Landis.
Writer: John Landis.
Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne.
Where it's playing: Angelika.
Every film critic has a list of shame of movies they haven't seen. An American Werewolf in London is at the top of mine. If you still want to be my friend, maybe we could go see this together? We can dance in the moonlight after. Hello? Is anyone there?
Director: Tommy Wiseau.
Writer: Tommy Wiseau.
Cast: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero.
Where it's playing: Inwood.
Tommy Wiseau weird and almost unwatchable The Room has beaten out Troll 2 for the worst movie ever made. Wiseau would argue that his film is as good as Citizen Kane, perhaps better. You have to respect a guy who's still very much committed and connected to one film he made 11 years ago.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Director: David Lynch.
Writers: David Lynch, Robert Engels (screenplay).
Cast: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick.
Where it's playing: Texas Theatre.
If you don't know who killed Laura Palmer, you're probably 20. Or maybe you just don't like David Lynch, perhaps the weirdest auteur since Ed Wood. If you do know who killed Laura Palmer, congrats, we are not enemies. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the film that serves as a prequel to the television series screens tonight. There'll also be a silent auction for Twin Peaks-themed art, a costume contest and post-screening musical performances from Vulgar Fashion and Def Rain.
Best Movie Fest Ever
Where it's playing: Cinemark Plano.
For two nights only, Cinemark Plano are going to be showing digital remastered prints of Moulin Rouge (2001), Oklahoma! (1955) and Hello Dolly! (1969) back-to-back with intermissions. They are calling it The Best Movie Fest Ever. There will be a costume contest, trivia contests and the chance to win prizes from local retailers, some of whom will be on-site. If you can't make the 26, the second showing will be on the 29. To get more enlightenment on how to not name your festival, read our editorial on the subject here.