The Weekender: ‘Man’ of the Hour


Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley
Screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black
Directed by Shane Black
Now that The Avengers has conquered the world, I hope Iron Man 3 can be spared from the machinations that hampered the second film from further exploring its themes. But these last few summers have taught me to temper my expectations. I’m going in expecting good things, but nothing great.

The Angels’ Share* (NR)
Starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam
Written by Paul Laverty
Directed by Ken Loach
This diamond-in-the-rough is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Read my review at College Movie Review.

Kon-Tiki (PG-13)
Starring Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann
Written by Peter Skavlan
Directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Iceland’s Best Foreign Language Film nominee is a rip-roarin’, sea-farin’ adventure, chock full of brooding and based on a true story.

Reality (R)
Starring Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone
Story by Matteo Garrone & Massimo Gaudioso
Screenplay by Ugo Chiti & Maurizio Braucci & Matteo Garrone & Massimo Gaudioso
Directed by Matteo Garrone
The director of the gangster epic Gomorrah takes a significant detour, telling the story of Luciano (Arena) whose obsessed with leaving his mundane life behind and becoming a reality star.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (R)
Starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
Screen story by Mohshin Hamid & Ami Boghani
Screenplay by William Wheeler
Directed by Mira Nair
Even if they’re not always interesting, Nair’s films have a true sense of culture often lacking from American films. Her latest is an adaptation of the controversial novel about a Pakistani financier torn between his capitalist dreams and his more traditional heritage. Whether the thriller elements weave seamlessly or feel tacked on remains to be seen. Still, I’d be less worried if Kate Hudson wasn’t in this.

Renoir (R)
Starring Michael Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers
Screenplay by Jérôme Tonnerre & Gilles Bourdos
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Painting nudes/painting, nudes.

Top Pick

Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook
Keep your Argos, your Lincolns, your Amours. To me, this is still the best movie of 2012. There’s a depth rarely explored in American films, but possesses an equally rare warmth. That tone’s nearly impossible to pull off, but director David O. Russell makes it work, giving every actor but Robert De Niro the role of a lifetime.

To rent (click the link to watch on Netflix):
Broken City (30%)
Crazy Wisdom (53%)
The Details (45%)
The Guilt Trip (38%)
Not Fade Away (69%)
Parked (67%)
The Revisionaries (91%)
Walk Away Renee (56%)

To buy:
TV: The Syndicate (Season 1), Vito

Blu-ray: Cloak & Dagger (1946), The Enforcer, Funny Girl, Strictly Ballroom*

(Release dates and locations subject to change.)

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