For those of you keeping score at home, please be aware that another worthwhile, left-of-mainstream foreign feature film has unexpectedly made its way into one of our local multiplexes without any sort of advance notice — let alone publicity.
“Certain Women” is a quiet, introspective film about three women living and existing in a frozen Montana town. Does it sound dull? Sure. But on the screen, it plays out like a slow-burning folk song you could sit with for hours.
It should be a match made in comedy heaven — director and writer Christopher Guest, whose fake documentary films explore the sad desperation in American subcultures, turns his attention to the wacky world of sports mascots. But this time, heaven is missed by quite a lot.
The bean counter cometh. In Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, the paper-pushing CPA — roughly the exact opposite of Schwarzenegger or Stallone — gets his shot at action hero stardom.
Tate Taylor’s “The Girl on the Train” may be technically set in the Westchester suburb of Ardsley-on-Hudson, but its cocktail of commuter trains, marital infidelity and alcoholism make its proper setting Cheever Country.
We all know how “Deepwater Horizon” ends. When the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 11 people died and millions of gallons of oil spewed into the waters and up against the Gulf shores in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The question of “Where do babies come from?” has been answered, throughout movie history, with some unsavory characters. In the case of “Rosemary’s Baby,” a demonic neighbor was to blame. In “Knocked Up,” it was Seth Rogen’s doing. The truth can hurt.