Saturday, August 11, 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

It Is No Dream (recommended): This documentary about the life of Theodor Herzl is an informational and informative portrait of a man defined by his dream and by a goal achieved long after his death. Now playing at the Quad Cinema. Read my review over at Shockya.

New to DVD

Nothing of note again this week!

Now on Netflix Instant Streaming

Albert Nobbs (mixed bag): This Oscar-nominated film features a calculated performance by Glenn Close and a humorous one from Janet McTeer, but the film itself isn’t quite certain what tone it wants to take and suffers as a result. It’s worthwhile from the performances, but that’s about it.

Margin Call (recommended): This moody drama about Wall Street features a handful of strong performances from the likes of Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, and Jeremy Irons, and an intriguing story told with dark lighting and facial close-ups. Its Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay was well-deserved, and it’s definitely worth a look.

Warrior (highly recommended): This sports movie about two brothers both making separate strides towards an intense mixed martial arts competition really surprised me, since the genre hardly interests me. There are great performances, but more importantly, stellar depictions of the fights. Oscar-nominated Nick Nolte is hardly the best part.

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