What should I see this weekend?, 10/14-10/16
Christine and Miss Hokusai are must-sees, while The Accountant doesn't quite add up. Welcome to your weekly review roundup.
Kevin Hart: What Now?: “After concentrating on movie roles, Kevin Hart returns to filmed standup for the first time since 2013's Let Me Explain. Raucous and profane, Kevin Hart: What Now? is a quick fix for his many fans and consistently diverting fun for everyone else.”
Miss Hokusai (SR): “A gorgeous animated tale of love, family and art set during Japan’s Edo period.”
Certain Women (SR): "A moving if somewhat elusive meditation on human aloneness and independent women at odds with their environment."
Little Sister (SR): "This fetching little oddball of a movie sneaks its way into your affection by virtue of its sheer originality and keen human observation."
Desierto (SR): “Tense survival thriller pits a group of desperate Mexican immigrants, undocumented and stranded in the desert, against a loner with a high-powered rifle and a powerful grudge against undocumented immigrants.”
Tower (SR): “Keith Maitland's powerful account of the 1966 spree killings on the University of Texas, Austin campus mixes archival and animated footage to evoke the experiences of the survivors, victims and responders.”
Christine (SR): “Fascinating biopic of TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide on the air in 1974. As the title character, Rebecca Hall gives an award-caliber performance.”
Coming Through the Rye (SR): “We’ve seen other films about fans setting out to meet a famous idol—a reclusive singer or movie star or writer, for example. But few of these movies have the charm of Coming Through the Rye, the tale of a boy determined to track down his hero, J.D. Salinger. Although it won’t set the box office on fire, it will definitely find an appreciative audience.”
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (SR): “Documentaries about artists are often static affairs, filled with lingering shots of canvases while a narrator drones on. Not so with Kevin Macdonald's (The Last King of Scotland) film about Cai Guo-Quing, the Chinese conceptual artist whose accomplishments include creating the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Famed for his work with gunpowder and fireworks, the subject makes for a film that is literally explosive.”
Aquarius (SR): “Sonia Braga, Brazilian high diva and unforgettable sexual icon of the end of the last century, makes a triumphant comeback in Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, which is one of the most glowing tributes to an actress ever made.”
The Accountant: “Ben Affleck stars as an autistic CPA ninja warrior in this jaw-dropper of an overly high-concept action flick.”
Ordinary World (SR): “It would be easy to dismiss Lee Kirk's directing debut as a baby-man whine-fest if you were to bail halfway through, which is an ever-present danger with on-demand platforms. But Ordinary World gets better as it goes along, replacing its overage-adolescent goofiness with a surprisingly touching portrait of a guy just realizing that he's long outgrown his ‘Hope I die before I get old’ fantasies.”
Mascots (SR): “Familiar and formulaic, Mascots adds up to an amiable evening of Netflix and chill. But in Spinal Tap terms, it certainly does not go up to 11.”
The River Thief (SR): “[A]n awkward hodgepodge of crime thriller, young-adult romance and religious sermon that—like its soundtrack’s combination of cascading guitars and ’80s synth sounds—proves an ungainly mess of disparate tones.”
The David Dance (SR): "While this reviewer doesn’t mind spending in Loserville, the characters have to be a helluva lot more compelling to make it worth my while."