The Weekender: After ‘Darkness,’ Light


Star Trek into Darkness (PG-13)
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch
Screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Directed by J.J. Abrams
I think Star Trek holds up better than any recent blockbuster. Everyone involved has a lot to live up to, so I’m just going to temper my expectations accordingly.

The Iceman (R)
Starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder
Written for the screen by Morgan Land and Ariel Vroman
Directed by Ariel Vroman
Shannon channels his inner badass as notorious killer Richard Kuklinski. If it succeeds, it could be something as great as The Informant, but with more murders.

Black Rock (R)
Starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth
Story by Katie Aselton
Screenplay by Mark Duplass
Directed by Katie Aselton
Mark Duplass’ on- and off-screen wife directs and stars in this girls’-weekend-gone-awry thriller.

Also opening:
Angelika Dallas: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (PG-13), Koch (NR)

Top Pick

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas (68%)
Yes, it’s long. Yes, not every actor is suited for all the roles he/she is given to play. Yes, it’s a little confusing. But when everything clicks in this epic (which is often), it’s one of the greatest films ever made. The Wachowskis’ grand ambition and scope is evident onscreen, but it wouldn’t matter if they hadn’t pulled it off so beautifully.

To rent:
Back to 1942 (40%)
Beware of Mr. Baker (97%)
Ecstasy (14%)
Frankie Go Boom (41%)
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (16%)
Leonie (45%)
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (77%)
Neighboring Sounds (94%)
Texas Chainsaw (19%)
Tomorrow You’re Gone (8%)

To buy (click the link to watch on Netflix):
TV: The Bletchley Circle, Dexter (Season 7), Liz & Dick, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 2), Taz-Mania (Season 1, Vol. 1)*

Blu-ray: Brave New World, Crimewave, The Miracle of the Bells, The Unbelievable Truth

Criterion: 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Jubal

(Release dates and locations subject to change.)

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