Saturday, December 29, 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 theatres 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

Django Unchained (mixed bag): This wild saga is expected Quentin Tarantino fare, but it’s a far cry from the controlled excellence of “Inglourious Basterds,” opting instead for full-on comedy and absurdity. Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are, however, excellent, and the film has its moments. Now playing in wide release. Read Django Unchained my review from opening day.

The other big movie this week is, of course, Les Miserables. As I’m currently on vacation in a warm place, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to see it, but I’m hoping to do so on New Year’s Day. I’m in no rush to see either Parental Guidance or Promised Land.

New to DVD

The Well-Digger’s Daughter (recommended): This French period drama tackles a love story, family relationships, and class dynamics with grace, featuring excellent performances by director Daniel Auteil and the rest of his cast. It’s a simple but worthwhile and rewarding film. Also available via Netflix.

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