Our critic's selections

Posted: August 04, 2012

Easy Money A great gangster pic from Sweden, with Joel Kinnaman (Holder in The Killing) as a hustling economics major trying to insinuate himself into the moneyed Stockholm crowd - and hatching a plan to launder drug money to pay his way. A sinister scrum of Albanians, Bosnians, Russians, and Serbs complicate things big time. R

The Queen of Versailles Jaw-dropping documentary profile of Jackie and David Siegel, the Floridians who made billions in the time-share business and then watched it all fall apart in the crash of 2008. Impossible excess and hubris, as the Siegels walk around their 26,000-square-foot "starter" mansion and talk about the 90,000-square-foot palace - modeled on Louis XIV's historic digs - that they're building down the road. PG

Ruby Sparks Zoe Kazan stars in and wrote this ingenious fantasy romance about a blocked-up novelist (Paul Dano) who taps out a few paragraphs on his typewriter about a dreamy girl and then suddenly this dreamy girl moves into his house, and his life. It's whimsical, it's charming, but it's more than that, too, examining the nature of relationships in smart, perceptive ways. With Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, and Ellliot Gould. R

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