The Weekender: Freaks come out at ‘Night’

Movie of the Week

Jake Gyllenhaal continues to make his bid to be as fearless a performer as Joaquin Phoenix. Here, he plays a noble but unemployed journalist who finds himself seduced by the skeezy world of violent crime reporting. Though the premise is intriguing, I’m actually more excited to see Bill Paxton and Rene Russo in strong roles again.

Before I Go to Sleep

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – Texas Theatre
Force Majeure – Angelika Dallas
Last Days in Vietnam – Inwood Theatre
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano

Blu-ray Pick

Begin Again
Begin Again
One of the most delightful films of the year. Its generic title hides a universally accessible story filled with warm performances and a killer soundtrack from Gregg Alexander, one of the best pop songwriters in the business. Director John Carney (Once) makes a lot of smart choices to steer it out of clichés. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are effortlessly charming as usual, but the film’s secret weapon is Adam Levine, who’s simply perfect as the douchebag whose star is on the rise.

New Releases
America (8%)
Child of God (37%)
Deliver Us from Evil (27%)
Good People (12%)
Jamie Marks is Dead (62%)
Life of Crime (66%)
Wish I Was Here (46%)

Death Comes to Pemberley
WKRP in Cincinnati (Complete Series)

New to Blu-ray
The Complete Jacques Tati [The Criterion Collection]
Planet of the Vampires
The Vanishing (1988) [The Criterion Collection]
Werewolf Woman

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