Blue Starlite Drive-In: Valentine's Week: Midnight in Paris

Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Corey Stoll, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Adrien Brody.

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is, quite simply, charming. Gil (Wilson), a would-be novelist on vacation with his no-nonsense fiancée, Inez (McAdams), has a very specific fantasy in mind: Paris in the Twenties in the rain. During the day, Gil and Inez putter around like regular tourists, checking out this and that – but it's the nighttime where Midnight in Paris really hits its stride. As the clock strikes midnight, Gil discovers a portal of sorts into the 1920s. There, he boozes it up with Ernest Hemingway (Stoll, killing it), shares his manuscript with Gertrude Stein (Bates), and pitches future filmmaker Luis Buñuel the plot of the eternally baffling The Exterminating Angel. This stretch of the film is a riot and feels like deeply personal filmmaking for Allen. While it's not all strictly la vie en rose, it's easy to shrug off the occasional fumble when weighed against so much cleverness and canniness and, bien sûr, irresistible charm. Read a full review of Midnight in Paris.
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