June 24, 2013
Coming This Week By Steven Rea The Heat A mismatched buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy trying out the 48 Hrs . formula, chasing down a Beantown drug lord. A sequel is already in the works. R 20 Feet from Stardom A rocking doc about the unsung singers standing just to the right and left of Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and other music superstars. Backup vocalists finally get their due. PG-13 White House Down Didn't we just see this 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue siege thing with Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen ?
June 15, 2013
Before Midnight Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, the young strangers on a heady Viennese walkabout in 1995's Before Sunrise, the couple sharing a rueful Paris reunion in 2004's Before Sunset . Now they are partners, with twin girls, on vacation in Greece, and facing the everyday realities of a relationship, trying to balance careers with filial responsibilities. It's talky, and exhilarating. R Shadow Dancer Andrea Riseborough gives a fierce, focused performance as a woman in 1990s Belfast who plants a bomb for her IRA cohorts, and then is urged to turn against them by an MI5 officer (Clive Owen)
May 31, 2013 |
THE STORIES told in Sarah Polley's family-secrets documentary "Stories We Tell" yield a trove of Too Much Information. Polley's the gifted actress-turned-director ("Away From Her") making the switch here to nonfiction, tracing her own lineage through the tangled relationships of a deceased mother she barely knew. Polley encourages relatives and friends to describe the late Diane Polley, a vivacious actress and casting agent, unhappily married (so we're told) to part-time stage actor Michael Polley.
May 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - This is one way Sarah Polley describes the five-year process of making Stories We Tell , her ingenious documentary about family and family secrets, a mother who died and left her children, her friends, her spouse - and possibly a lover or two - searching for answers. And sometimes searching for answers to questions they didn't know they had. "You do feel like you're having a very expensive nervous breakdown," says Polley, laughing, about her role in all of this.
July 8, 2012 |
Sarah Polley has won awards and recognition for her work as an actress (for Go , for The Sweet Hereafter , and for John Adams ), for her writing (an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of Away from Her ) and for directing (again, Away From Her ). Which makes her eminently qualified to talk about, yes, acting, writing, and directing. On her second feature behind the camera, Take This Waltz — opening Friday at the Ritz Five — Polley delivers a beautifully wistful portrait of a woman who tumbles head-over-heels for a soulful, handsome artist.
May 11, 2007 |
Some people go from the frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) leaps from the frying pan into the icebox when she places the skillet in the freezer and recognizes it not as absentmindedness, but as the onset of Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. An incisive character study from rookie filmmaker Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. It is likewise a triumph for Polley, the Canadian actress of The Sweet Hereafter and Guinevere.
April 13, 2007 |
Some people leap from frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) vaults from frying pan into freezer when she puts skillet into icebox, recognizing it as the onset of the Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. But it's also a particular challenge for the animated actress as she is the vital presence who withers before us. (If Christie doesn't get an Oscar nomination, there is no justice)
April 7, 2006 |
Don't Come Knocking, which marks the reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard 20-plus years after Paris, Texas, begins promisingly. Howard Spence (Shepard), a chiseled star on location making a western, disappears from the set, riding off on his studio horse in his studio cowboy duds, spurs and all. He's determined to get lost, and after trading in his steed (and his spurs), he smashes his cell phone, rips up his credit cards, and hops a bus to his childhood hometown, little Elko, Nev. And then the nonsense begins.