Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies With Abe. I'm going to be providing a handy guide to a few choice movies currently playing in NYC as well as several films newly released on DVD. I’ll also aim to comment on those films I have not yet had the chance to see, and I invite you to add in your thoughts on any films I haven’t seen in the comments below. Understandably, some weeks will have considerably fewer releases to address than others.

Now Playing in NYC

Footnote (highly recommended): The Israeli Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film is a delightful and endearing story about a father and a son, both professors, with a complicated relationship made even more complicated by an unexpected turn of events. It’s a wonderful film that works well both as a comedy and a drama. Now playing at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza. Read my review from during Oscar season.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (highly recommended): This heartwarming documentary played at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and finally arrives in theatres today. It’s impossible not to like, and may even make you hungry! Now playing at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza. Read my capsule review from last year’s festival and my Friday For Your Consideration piece from yesterday.

New to DVD

The Skin I Live In (highly recommended): Acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s latest film is also his most disturbing, and therefore this recommendation comes with a caveat: see it only – and especially – if unsettling content doesn’t bother you. Either way, it’s graceful, artistic, and enormously compelling.

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