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.
Local cinema enthusiasts with a thirst for indie films, foreign features and documentaries likely already know that such fare can be found in our area, provided one keeps their eyes and ears open, and plans a bit in advance.
It takes a lot for a film based on a video game to impress a crowd these days, given the dazzling advancements in gaming technology. But “Need for Speed,” based on the hit EA Entertainment racing game that’s sold 150 million units, could now drive some of that success toward the box office.
If you’ve seen the poster for “Bad Words,” starring and directed by Jason Bateman, you’ll see a sneer on Bateman’s face. It’s truly nasty. More than most movie posters, this image sets a perfect tone for the film, much of which really IS that nasty.