Rated R, 107 min. Directed by Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Starring Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan and Richard Sarafian.
The impressive co-directing debut of the Wachowski Brothers has visual style to burn – not to mention a hot story about two women who fall in love and plot to pilfer a couple million from mobsters. Read a full review of Bound.
Music Monday: When Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, all forms of music were banned under sharia law. This documentary, which premiered at SXSW 2015, visits with exiled musicians and charts the violence and their methods of continuing with their art.
Rated PG-13, 149 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Gloria Reuben, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson and Jared Harris.
Austin Public Library: Mayor's Book Club: Master shape-shifter Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a monumental portrayal in Steven Spielberg's historical epic. free Read a full review of Lincoln.
Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Neel Sethi.
Walt Disney Pictures’ beautiful and thrilling live-action/CGI/3-D (whew!) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless collection of fables about man-cub Mowgli (Sethi) and the furry denizens of his tropical habitat is fast-paced and engaging entertainment, but lacks some of the pathos you might expect. The Jungle Book is intense, scary, and occasionally brutal, but the film frequently shields its young viewers from the consequences of its dark narrative, as the 10-year-old Mowgli – separated from his devoted protector, the black panther Bagheera (Kingsley) – flees the malevolent tiger Shere Khan (Elba) or encounters the violent demands of the outsize orangutan King Louie (Walken), before meeting the sloth bear Baloo (Murray). The movie is superbly executed in many ways, but what gives? Still, for any baby boomer who danced around the living room singing about the bare/bear necessities of life, the familiar tunes here are bound to summon a smile. Forget about your worries and your strife, indeed. Read a full review of The Jungle Book.
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