Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Limited)
This would be a great weekend to catch up on some of the movies you’ve missed so far this season like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Darjeeling Limited (expanding), Lars and the Real Girl (expanding) or Michael Clayton. Not much on the new release front:
- Saw IV. I’ve asked this question before, but even the people who liked the first couple are tired of this thing now, right? Riddle me this: I thought this Jigsaw dude had terminal cancer and that was his whole raison d’etre in the first movie. Why’s he still kicking around? Was it just a head cold after all? Is this his identical cousin? Oh hey, look. My very first Patty Duke reference. Enjoy.
- Dan in Real Life. I’ve read here and there that this thing is actually better than the cloying trailer would suggest. What’s the story? Widower Steve Carrell falls for his younger brother Dane Cook’s new girlfriend Juliet Binoche. I’m sure we all learn a valuable lesson about the power of family and blah blah blah. I admit it, I fell for director Peter Hedges’ sitcom-like Pieces of April a couple years back. I’m not sure why I’m telling you this, but I feel closer now, don’t you?
Did I mention that The Darjeeling Limited and Lars and the Real Girl are expanding? I think I did. Meanwhile, here are the limited releases:
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Sidney Lumet has been directing films for over 50 years and by my count this is number 44. This is the one where Philip Seymour Hoffman convinces brother Ethan Hawke to help him rob their parents’ jewelry store. The buzz is strong.
- Bella. People’s Choice Award winner at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. I don’t know how to synopsize it so here’s what the LA Times says: Bella is the “tale of two co-workers, haunted by very different tragedies, who come together on a fateful day and change each other’s lives forever.”
- Jimmy Carter Man From Plains. Jonathan Demme’s documentary about the former president.
- Mr. Untouchable. Documentary about the rise and fall of a notorious Harlem drug kingpin in the 1970s. Sounds like the same story as Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, but I don’t think it is.
- Rails & Ties. Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut about a childless middle aged couple (Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden) and the effect a tragic accident has on their lives.
- Slipstream. Anthony Hopkins directs himself in this story of a screenwriter whose characters start showing up in his real life and vice-versa.