We’ll totally forgive you if, as “Fading Gigolo” begins, you’re mistakenly convinced you’re watching a Woody Allen movie. There are those familiar white-on-black titles, the classy jazz on the soundtrack and Allen’s unmistakable voice, too, setting the scene.
First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity — when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts — is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars.
Keenly following the scent of “African Cats” and “Chimpanzees,” Disneynature’s “Bears” combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs.
This week’s bounty of specialty film screenings is another embarrassment of riches, and though it’s a shopworn phrase, “something for everyone” might apply to the fistful of classics (and one grindhouse obscurity) on display.
“The Thin Man” with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive” is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries.
The pre-pre-season opening kickoff of the 2014 National Football League schedule is returned for a score in “Draft Day,” an entirely conventional serio-comic sports world melodrama that pushes its buttons with undeniable professional finesse.
Comedian Steve Coogan steps back into his comfort zone with this first feature-length outing for his long-running signature character, Alan Partridge, a satirical creation born more than 20 years ago on BBC radio and television.
Lars von Trier’s four-hour “Nymphomaniac,” which is being released in two “volumes,” is a sexual odyssey that could be described as thoughtful, provocative, ridiculous, comically deranged, electrically composed, occasionally beautiful, unforgettable and terrible.