Gravity: Alfonso Cuarón’s first film in seven years is sitting at 98% on RT and 94% on MC with critics dropping comments like: “In a little more than 90 minutes [it] rewrites the rules of cinema as we have known them…”a marvel of not just technical craft but sheer imagination as well”…” it’s one of the most awe-inspiring achievements in the history of special-effects cinema”…”if the measure of a film’s true greatness is how deeply it immerses you into a world we’re unlikely to experience in reality, then Gravity is purely, simply one of the best movies ever made.”
On the flipside: some note that the film does dip into cheesy sentimentality at times. Which, uh, wouldn’t be a first for the director.
Personal interest factor: 10
Runner Runner: Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake star in this internet gambling thriller from director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). This is pretty much the “anti-Gravity” in terms of critical response…sitting at a mere 22% on RT and 37% on MC. I really think Timberlake could have what it takes to be a theatrical draw, but he’s not helping by picking awful projects like this.
Personal interest factor: 3
Parkland: Generic-looking Kennedy assassination picture that’s getting a token theatrical release before hitting DVD/Blu-Ray on November 5th. Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron star.
Personal interest factor: 2
Wadjda: Previously covered by Slim last month
Personal interest factor: 4
Raja Rani: Bollywood romantic comedy that features (according to the Wikipedia) spousal abuse, mental breakdowns and electroshock therapy. Sounds like a blast!
Personal interest factor: 0
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Exorcist (1973) and Funny Girl (1968) Friday-Sunday.