“This Is Where I Leave You” has a lot going on, and you wouldn’t expect anything less from an adult dramedy with a cast that includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda, for starters. That said, this complex story of a family coming together after a loss makes you wish more time was spent on what quickly become secondary plots.
“At the heart of it all, is Frank,” Jon, played by Domhnall Gleeson, says in one of the opening scenes of “Frank,” an offbeat dramedy about a fictional band. The heart of this movie rests not in one performance, but two. Gleeson’s Jon is an inexperienced musician who suddenly finds himself as the keyboardist for the band, Soronprfbs. Michael Fassbender is every bit his match as Frank, the lead singer and songwriter for the band who, yes, lives his life wearing a giant paper mache head.
In the movie business these days, it seems there are only three seasons: the summer blockbuster extravaganza (May through August), the autumn awards rush (September through December) and the winter wasteland (January through April). This fall will be no different, with a slew of films clamoring for the coveted Academy Awards, Golden Globes and other trophies doled out in the parade of award shows in January and February.
Yes, “A Most Wanted Man” is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last non-“Hunger Games” movie. But you quickly forget that as the story unfolds, instead becoming engrossed in the plot of this thriller from director Anton Corbijn (“The American,” “Control”).
The fourth and final season of “The Killing” debuted earlier this month. Netflix picked up the crime drama following AMC’s cancellation of it after three seasons, and all four seasons are now available to stream. The first two seasons of the show are outstanding, taking a slow burn approach to answering the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” At the core of the show is the buddy cop relationship between detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), who become partners at the series’ beginning.
For everything that “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” has going for it in stunning cinematography and visual effects, its plot leaves a lot to be desired. The movie is a sequel to 2005’s “Sin City,” which is also directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and based on Miller’s graphic novels.
The fourth and final season of “The Killing” debuted earlier this month. Netflix picked up the crime drama following AMC’s cancellation of it after three seasons, and all four seasons are now available to stream. The first two seasons of the show are outstanding, taking a slow burn approach to answering the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?”
The “magic” in filmmaker Woody Allen’s latest is fleeting, possibly even non-existent. “Magic in the Moonlight” stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone, two of the best actors working today, as famous magician Wei Ling Soo (real name Stanley) and Sophie Baker, a woman who may or may not possess psychic powers. Stanley is summoned by a fellow magician to determine if Sophie is the real deal or if she’s conning her affluent benefactors.
INTO THE STORM One star out of five Time : 1:29 MPAA rating : PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references “Into the Storm” is a disaster. And that’s not just in reference to the tornadoes that populate the film.
In 2004, actor Zach Braff’s directorial debut, “Garden State,” was met with a flurry of critical acclaim. Ten years later, Braff’s sophomore feature, “Wish I Was Here,” is not being met with the same praise.