The Weekender: ‘Desolation’ Row


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13)
Starring Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen
Written for the screen by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro
Directed by Peter Jackson
Second verse, same as the first. I’ll have a review soon, as I’ll have to sit through this a few times with my fiancée, who has to watch it several times for a class she’s taking.

A Madea Christmas (PG-13)
Starring Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter
Written and directed by Tyler Perry
Cue nutcracker joke in 5, 4, 3, 2…

The Great Beauty (NR)
Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Story by Paolo Sorrentino
Screenplay by Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Italy’s official submission is this melancholy comedy about an old lothario recounting his life as he wanders the streets of Rome after his 65th birthday.

The Broken Circle Breakdown (NR)
Starring Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Nell Cattrysse
Written for the screen by Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen
Directed by Felix van Groeningen
Germany’s official submission serves as a companion piece of sorts to Inside Llewyn Davis. This is a more heartbreaking version than what the Coens will offer, as it chronicles two folk singers who fall in and out of love.

I Am Divine (NR)
Directed by Jeffrey Schwartz
This doc takes a look at drag icon and John Waters’s muse and his rise to prominence in Baltimore and beyond.

Top Pick

Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project (The Criterion Collection)
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (The Criterion Collection)
There are few people on Earth who like movies more than Martin Scorsese. This Criterion box set collects films from Bangladesh, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, South Korea and Turkey. All the films are considered “forgotten” or at least in need of major restoration, without a country willing to pay for a massive restoration.

To rent:
Adore (33%)
Angels Sing (20%)
Battle of the Year (4%)
Despicable Me 2 (75%)
Fast & Furious 6 (70%)
The Hunt (95%)
Jayne Mansfield’s Car (33%)
Museum Hours (93%)
Touchy Feely (34%)
The Ultimate Life (18%)

To buy (click the link to watch on Netflix):
TV: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Futurama (Vol. 8)

Blu-ray: The Big Gundown, Fanny Hill, The Great Muppet Caper, Mary Poppins, Muppet Treasure Island

Criterion: Grey Gardens/The Beales of Grey Gardens

(Release dates and locations subject to change.)

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