(9/10): While this is full
of excerpts of beautiful classical music by the Masters, this is not
about music. It's about the handling and care of the instrument and the
talented perfectionists who play it, told through the eyes of Stefan
Knϋpfe, the chief technician and master tuner for Steinway & Sons,
considered by many to make the best pianos in the world. Winner of
prizes, awards, and nominations in seven different European film
festivals, this is a fascinating, eye-opening look at what goes on
behind the concerts. Opens November 11. In English & German.
(9/10): Highlighted by
captivating performances by Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, and Simon Baker,
the film may be summarized by a telling dialogue between Kevin Spacey
and Jeremy Irons that sets the tone of this thriller about 24 hours in
the life of a multibillion dollar investment firm about to go under due
to the collapse of the market for mortgage-backed securities in 2008.
When Irons demands that they sell everything they have when the market
opens, Spacey objects because, he says, they know that what they will be
selling is worthless.
Irons: "We are
selling to willing buyers at the current fair market price so that we
Spacey: "We may
never sell to any of those people again."
Irons: "Do YOU?"
The Ides of
March (9/10): Despite
innumerable annoying ECU's (extreme close-ups) with which Director/Star
George Clooney always peppers his films (especially when he's the
subject of the ECUs), he ably directs an exceptional cast in
award-quality performances in this devastating indictment of the
business of running for political office. Watching Philip Seymour
Hoffman and Paul Giamatti in this film is capturing acting magic.
Macs (7/10): This is a
true, heart-warming story of a novice women's basketball coach, Carla
Gugino, persevering in the face of enormous odds. Gugino carries the
film but the performances of the entire cast shine. With a fine script
written and directed by Tim Chambers, and highlighted by the exceptional
cinematography of Chuck Cohen, this isn't a basketball movie; it's a
film about hanging in there.
disappointing, overly long, convoluted, confusing, fatuous film from the
master of the genre, director Roland Emmerich, trying to prove that
Shakespeare not only didn't write anything, but that he was illiterate.
The Big Year
(2/10): Poor Owen Wilson
finds himself in yet another rotten movie. He's joined by Steve Martin
and Jack Black, no strangers to the genre, in this uninivolving tale
that even beautiful scenery can't redeem.
(2/10): Even though the
music is pretty good, despite competent stars like Richard Gere and
Topher Grace, burdened by major plotholes, this is hopelessly silly.
(1/10): Instead of
spending 1200 hours creating wigs for Denis Podaydès, playing 2007
French Presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkosy (yes, you read that
right), the producers could have better spent the time getting a
scriptwriter and director who could produce a political film that was
not as mind-numbingly tedious as this. Opens Nov. 11. In French.
The Son of No
One (0/10): This is a
revolting, profane, dark, humorless film filled with f-bombs by
everyone, which is not surprising given the presence in the cast of Ray
Liotta, the king of the F-bomb. Advertised as a "searing police
thriller," it's as depressing and cheerless a film as one can get.