Your Weekend in Film

Some closer inspection required

Frankly, everything is like an iceberg – the part that you can see is just the tip of the whole. Come to the theatre and witness this notion in play with these new releases. Alternatively, last week's pick, Ai Weiwei's documentary Human Flow, may also evoke the effect in its depiction of the global refugee crisis.

This Week’s Pick: Ex Libris: New York Public Library

The documentary offers a complete, beyond-just-for-reading picture of the institution. Josh Kupecki: “What Wiseman does (as he does so well), is achieve a layered effect over the course of the (I swear!) breezy run time that is a culmination of humanity at its most complex, its need to learn, explore, and assist each other.” 4 stars.

Also Reviewed

78/52. It’s just a moment of a woman getting brutally murdered in the shower, and yet it evolved into a benchmark filmmakers everywhere come to revere. Steve Davis: “In less than a minute, Hitchcock rewrote the rulebook, smashing taboos with the confidence of a master magician.” 3.5 stars.

All I See is You. Unpleasant marriage-related truths emerge when a blind woman regains her sight. Danielle White: “It’s as though someone came along and said, ‘Just make it artsy as fuck.’” 2 stars.

Goodbye Christopher Robin. The origins of Winnie-the-Pooh are explored in this honey-sweet film. Marc Savlov: “You may want to bring a handkerchief … the story is never less than interesting and melodramatically well-done.” 3 stars.

Thank You for Your Service. Three veterans return home only to find it not really welcoming. Marjorie Baumgarten: “With a great sense of realism, Thank You for Your Service tackles the problems of PTSD and social neglect experienced by veterans returning from the war in Iraq.” 3 stars.

Geostorm. Weather-controlling satellite goes haywire and sets off all sorts of weather-related carnage. Marc Savlov: “Not a single character or the jeopardy that they find themselves in – end of the entire human race and all – is likable, canine-in-peril excluded.” ½ star.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer. A happy family is under jeopardy when the father takes in a disturbed teenager. Marjorie Baumgarten: “The Greek filmmaker takes no prisoners in this story that is loosely connected to the Greek myth of Iphigenia … but you needn’t be an antiquities scholar to understand or appreciate The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” 3.5 stars.

The Snowman. Norway-set mystery sees alcoholic detective solving grisly crimes. Marc Savlov: “Unnecessarily labyrinthine storytelling such as this – especially when the ending is telegraphed from, literally, scene one, is a mystery for the cinematic ages.” 1 star.

Mr. Roosevelt. A struggling Austinite returns home to look after her titular cat faces an unpleasant past in this comedy. Danielle White: “Mr. Roosevelt is one for the “I don’t know” generation.” 3.5 stars.

Tragedy Girls. Two X-Men alumnae attempt to become serial killers for the followers on their gram (or whatever social network site they’re using). Richard Whittaker: “It’s a ridiculous setup, but the action embraces the silliness for a sick, slick satire, as the girls get bloodier and more gruesomely creative to get their moment of fame.” 2.5 stars.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Hallelujer! Tyler Perry’s feisty matriarch is again out there to show the ghosts that she ain’t afraid of them. Steve Davis: “Be forewarned that Boo 2! is almost exactly the same movie as its middling predecessor.” 1 star.

Also Opening

Suburbicon. George Clooney’s latest directorial effort revives a long-shelved Coen Brothers-script about criminal activity in a picturesque family town.

Jigsaw. He’s back with more tortuous games to play. What more do you want to know?

A Bad Moms Christmas. The trio from 2016’s surprise hit are out to reclaim the holiday that, being moms, they haven’t been able to enjoy.

Special Screenings

Calling all film lovers: The Austin Film Festival is here! We have assembled a list of films with the local touch you ought to make time for, from one about a time-shifting cave to a myriad of documentaries about lives worth knowing.

A, literally, killer icon returns. ‘Tis the season to rewatch (or be introduced to) one of the most renowned monsters to be put on film when John Carpenter’s Halloween screens Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

70 Years of Polish Animation. Underseen works from underrated animators will screen Sunday as a prologue to the Austin Polish Film Festival.


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