The slow crawl out of winter continues, but at least I live in a place where I don’t need a coat in January.
The movie I’ll be seeing this weekend is A Most Violent Year (80), which won the National Board of Review best picture but got nothing from the Oscars. I think they have may have released it too late, after all the shouting. James Berardinelli: “This isn’t a revolutionary or thematically rich motion picture, but it’s a well-told story featuring solid performances and a nice sense of atmosphere.”
The trailer for Black Sea (62) made it look pretty interesting, but I’ll probably wait for the DVD. I kind of like those claustrophobic submarine movies, this one about a search for Nazi gold (a popular subject). Michael Phillips: “Many will forgive all the contrivances and a muted ending that doesn’t quite come off. It is, after all, a submarine picture.”
The Loft (34), from the trailer I saw, seems to be stealing an idea from Very Bad Things. What a very bad idea. Peter Sobczynski: “This long-delayed would-be erotic thriller is a shabby bore that promises viewers any number of kinky thrills and then proceeds to deflate those expectations.”
For the teenage set is Project Almanac, (45) which is about as un-sexy title as you can get. It sounds like a documentary about Benjamin Franklin. John De Fore: “Begins as a marginally fun diversion before proving to have nearly no interest in the possibilities of its premise.”
Edited to add: Black or White (45), which looks like a very preachy melodrama about a custody fight mixed with racial tension, starring box-office poison Kevin Costner. Barbara VanDenburgh: “Black or White is more remarkable for what it isn’t than for what it is. For example, it isn’t ripe with drama. It isn’t a thoughtful exploration of racial identity in America. It isn’t a compelling look at judicial bias and class conflict. It is, instead, a movie that’s every bit as oversimplified and obvious as its title.”