Movie Listings for Jan. 3-nine

January 7th, 2014

Rankings and working moments are in parentheses international films have English subtitles. Full testimonials of all current releases:

‘About Time’ (R, two:04) Anglophile bait from Richard Curtis (“Love, Actually”), with Domhnall Gleeson as a fellow with minimal time-touring skills. He employs them to woo an American girl (Rachel McAdams) and to ensure his own continued self-gratification and the audience’s intermittently amused boredom. (A. O. Scott)

? ‘The Act of Killing’ (No rating, one:55) In Joshua Oppenheimer’s intensely disturbing documentary, veterans of Indonesian dying squads active in the course of the anti-Communist slaughter of the mid-’60s, re-enact their crimes with costumes, make-up and a stunning deficiency of remorse. (Scott)

? ‘All Is Lost’ (PG-thirteen, 1:forty six) Robert Redford, nameless and all but silent, struggles with the elements after his sailboat is rammed by an errant transport container someplace in the Indian Ocean. Directed by J. C. Chandor (“Margin Call”), this film has the stark power and swift action of a traditional seafaring tale, but it is also a moving and subtle allegory of human existence in the modern globe. (Scott)

? ‘American Hustle’ (R, two:09) David O. Russell directs this incredibly pleasurable comedy, a Martin Scorsese screwball that’s really (really) loosely based mostly on the 1970s Abscam scandal and which finds a brilliant Christian Bale actively playing a molting con man who’s the Cary Grant to Amy Adams’s Rosalind Russell. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper also co-star in the film, which is one of the year’s best and a single of its most fun. (Manohla Dargis)

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ (PG-thirteen, 1:59) Relatively overshadowed by its marketing and advertising marketing campaign, this sequel delivers up the additional adventures of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) as he and his sidekicks take part in the birth of 24-hour cable news. Mild satire and motivated lunacy, the very best of it from Steve Carell as the dim weatherman Brick Tamland and Kristen Wiig as Brick’s equally out-to-lunch soul mate. (Scott)

‘August: Osage County’ (R, 1:fifty nine) A sterling ensemble solid is locked in a thespian cage match in this loud, unconvincing adaptation of Tracy Letts’s award-winning engage in. Meryl Streep wins the prize for most acting, in a close race with Julia Roberts. (Scott)

‘The Very best Male Holiday’ (R, two:03) The writer-director Malcolm D. Lee gathers the crew of close friends from his 1999 debut, “The Ideal Man,” for a Xmas reunion. If the movie’s soapy dramas truly feel predictable and tilted towards the females, the attraction of the forged (which contains Taye Diggs, Monica Calhoun and Terrence Howard) aids. And Mr. Lee’s film is more standard than its sexually frank humor may point out, with religion and friendship ultimately provided pride of spot, right along with human pettiness. (Nicolas Rapold)

‘The Greatest Offer’ (‘La Migliore Offerta’) (No rating, two:eleven) Somewhere in classy Europe, a supercilious, tremendous-sensitive auctioneer (Geoffrey Hurry) falls for an really reclusive shopper (Sylvia Hoeks) in Giuseppe Tornatore’s creaky art thriller. Squandering their collision of pathologies, the movie plods through their courtship and drains its possible gothic mysteries of their vitality. (Rapold)

? ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ (NC-seventeen, two:59, in French) This wrenching and enthralling adore story — winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes — is previously notorious for the intercourse scenes amongst its two direct actresses, Ad?le Exarchopoulos and L?a Seydoux. But the film’s true glory is its psychological immediacy. Following its primary character, Adele (Ms. Exarchopoulos) from adolescence into adulthood, the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, tracks the awakening of her consciousness with beautiful empathy. He also, perhaps far more remarkably, grounds her emerging sexuality within a precisely rendered tableau of modern day France, exactly where conventional republican ideals coexist with multicultural realities. (Scott)

? ‘Blue Jasmine’ (PG-13, one:38) A amazing, shattering Cate Blanchett plays a wealthy lady brought devastatingly minimal — consider of Ruth Madoff by way of Blanche DuBois — in Woody Allen’s most sustained and gratifying film given that “Match Level.” The superb, characteristically Allen-eclectic cast consists of Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. (Dargis)

‘The Guide Thief’ (PG-thirteen, 2:05) This shameless piece of Oscar-searching for Holocaust kitsch, adapted from Markus Zusak’s immensely well-liked youthful grownup novel, is way too sweet by 50 %. (Stephen Holden)

? ‘Captain Phillips’ (PG-13, two:fourteen) In his latest, the director Paul Greengrass revisits the real tale of Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), an American taken hostage in 2009 by Somalis who commandeered his cargo ship in the Indian Ocean. Surprising and satisfyingly complex, it opens as a tale of guys and function, then revs up into a camera-shuddering thriller, only to deepen. It is a hard, political look at electricity and the wretched of the earth. (Dargis)

This write-up has been revised to mirror the adhering to correction:

Correction: January 6, 2014

The entry about the Thom Andersen film “Los Angeles Performs Itself” misstated the duration of its operate at the IFC Centre in Greenwich Village. The movie, which started screening on Friday, will be proven via Thursday, not Tuesday. 

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