What should I see this weekend?, 4/14-4/16

ScreenerBlog

(SR)=Specialty Release

The Good

The Lost City of Z: “Although a little too muted for its own good at times, James Gray’s tale of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett’s quests to find the ruins of an ancient civilization in the Amazon is ravishingly beautiful adventure cinema at its finest.”

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (SR): “Richard Gere nails New York Jewish as the eponymous jack-of-no-trades determined to be a somebody to everybody powerful until fate defies this fixer’s schmoozy seductions.”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea (SR): “High school is deadly in the inventive, endearingly scattershot My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea.”

A Quiet Passion (SR): “Rich in period detail, this exquisite biopic of the acclaimed reclusive and rebellious mid-19th-century Massachusetts poet Emily Dickinson powerfully resonates for the truth and beauty-starved American populace of today.”

Heal the Living (SR): “The talented, intelligent and tasteful Katell Quillévéré proves herself a master of the medium with this ensemble drama. One of the year’s best films.”

Little Boxes (SR): “Rob Meyer’s satisfying coming-of-age dramedy examines race relations through the story of an interracial family relocated to Washington State from multicultural Brooklyn.”

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (SR): “Documentary about NASA mission controllers of the 1960s and early ’70s is the 20 Feet from Stardom of spaceflight, giving these mostly background players the prominence and applause they deserve.”

Tommy’s Honour (SR): “Offers an engrossing and accessible celebration of the game’s modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden.”

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (SR): “A music titan gets his cinematic due in Chasing Trane, a comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful account of the life of John Coltrane, the alto sax player and composer most aficionados would agree deserves a spot on the jazz equivalent of Mount Rushmore.”

Finding Oscar (SR): “The murderous civil-rights violations of one of Guatemala's many military regimes are given an intimately human context in Finding Oscar.”

By the Time It Gets Dark (SR): “A magical, melancholic ode to the intellectual's struggle against the forces of history.”

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back (SR): “For those not bothered by being pranked themselves, it's a hoot.”

Glory (SR): “A gripping dark comedy that turns unnervingly tragic in its final stages."

The Blah

The Fate of the Furious: “The eighth in the long-running series, The Fate of the Furious recycles earlier Fast and Furious plots and throws in bits and pieces from rival movies as well. Franchise fatigue is setting in, but this is still as close to a box-office lock as Hollywood movies get.”

Mimosas (SR): “Quite a slog for those with short attention spans, but pretty to look at.”

All These Sleepless Nights (SR): “More striking as an exercise in cinematic style than as a generational portrait… [E]ven if the immediacy of the director's approach gives the material an electric charge, 100 minutes of it becomes monotonous.”

The Ugly

No ugly this week! Have a good Easter weekend, readers.