May 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Week of May 16th 2014
Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.
Awake in the Dream (2012) C-100min. D: Catharina Roland. Documentary on how to be happy. [NR]
Her (2013) C-126min. D,Sc: Spike Jonze. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson. A man falls in love with his operating system. Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture and Best Song (“The Moon Song”). [R]
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013) C-85min. D: Michel Gondry. Documentary on linguist Noam Chomsky (Manufacturing Consent) is also a work of animated art, hand-drawn by director Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind & The Science of Sleep). [NR]
Romantics Anonymous (2010-France-Belgium) C-78min. D: Jean-Pierre Améris. Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré. Bashful chocolatier is hired by an equally shy candy factory owner. Sweet romance ensues. [NR]
Stalingrad (2013-Russia-Germany) C-131min. D: Fedor Bondarchuk. Mariya Smalnikova, Thomas Kretschmann. The epic WW2 battle between defending Russians and invading Nazis. Originally in 3D. [R]
Still Mine (2012-Canada) C-103min. D,Sc: Michael McGowan. James Cromwell, Geneviéve Bujold. A man races to finish building a dream house before his wife’s memory issues get any worse. [PG-13]
Stranger by the Lake (2013-French) C-100min. D,Sc: Alain Guiraudie. Jérome Chappatte, Mathieu Vervisch. A man secretly witnesses a murder, then becomes involved with the murderer. Gay-themed thriller is set entirely outdoors. Numerous Cannes and César awards. Caution: contains considerable nudity and some mansex. [NR]
That Awkward Moment (2014) C-94min. D,Sc: Tom Gormican. Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller. After being dumped a few times, a trio of best buds vows to stay single and always to remain friends. Hey, good luck with that, guys. [R]
3 Days to Kill (2014) C-117min. D: McG. Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld. A dying CIAgent will receive a life-saving antidote if he completes one last important mission. Meanwhile, his family is a mess. Costner’s attempt to horn in on Liam Neeson’s middle-aged action hero franchise. [PG-13]
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Longmire (2013-14/A&E) Mystery series shot in Santa Fe. Season 2, 13 episodes, 3 discs.
Orange is the New Black (2013-14/Netflix) From the 2010 prison memoir by Piper Kerman, with Taylor Schilling as “Piper Chapman.” Season 1, 13 episodes, 4 discs.