The Weekender: Point of ‘Focus’

Movie of the Week

Will Smith has had a rough go of it the last few years, with the dreadful After Earth representing his nadir. So maybe, just maybe, this con artist drama with Margot Robbie — on a meteoric rise — will start his comeback.

A La Mala
The Lazarus Effect

Human Capital — Angelika Dallas
Maps to the Stars — LOOK
Red Army — Angelika Dallas
Timbuktu — Angelika Plano, The Magnolia
What We Do in the Shadows — Angelika Plano, Angelika Dallas

Blu-ray Pick

Whiplash – Academy Award nominee for Best Picture
Winner of three Oscars (Supporting Actor, Sound Mixing, Film Editing), all richly deserved, Whiplash missed out on my personal Top 10, but it’s still a thrilling yet exhausting experience. Miles Teller is terrific as the obsessive drummer, but the star of the show is J.K. Simmons as the conductor from hell. He’s so terrifying, he makes my high school band director look reserved in comparison.

Beyond the Lights (81%)
Big Hero 6 (90%) – Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature
Horrible Bosses 2 (35%)

Jonah from Tonga
• Sons of Anarchy (Season 7)

52 Pick-Up*
American Gigolo
Blood Red
Dangerously Close
Eat Drink Man Woman
Fellini – Satyricon [The Criterion Collection]
God Told Me To
In the Land of the Head Hunters
The Majestic
Miami Blues
New Year’s Evil
The Night They Raided Minsky’s
Ten Seconds to Hell
Watership Down [The Criterion Collection]
Wild Orchid


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