Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson in the latest example of his unlikely late career transformation into an action hero.
If you see one film about walled-in males this fall, it should be the savage and powerful British prison drama “Starred Up,” a superlatively acted father-son story played out behind bars and starring up-and-coming Jack O’Connell.
The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran’s excellent new film “Tracks,” into the deepest reaches of the Australian desert.
Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t?
The kind of solid, honest-feeling, mean-streets movie you might think they only make in Boston these days, Michael R. Roskam’s “The Drop” was, in fact, set there before filmmakers decided to shake things up by moving it to Brooklyn.
Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy-and-his-dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith’s “Dolphin Tale 2” is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
In “The Longest Week,” Jason Bateman plays a privileged, pampered, narcissistic New Yorker whose sole effort at productivity in life is his meandering work on a novel called “The Directionless Generation.”