Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

Welcome back 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 in NYC

Saving Mr. Banks (mixed bag): This Disney production tells the story behind the making of “Mary Poppins,” starring Emma Thompson as the book’s curmudgeonly author and Tom Hanks as the persistent Walt Disney. It’s relatively funny, but hardly a consistent or must-see holiday film. Now playing at Regal E-Walk, City Cinemas Village East, and City Cinemas 123. Read my review from yesterday.

What’s in a Name (recommended): This French comedy is not eligible for Best Foreign Film, and it wasn’t even released in France this calendar year. It is, however, a thoroughly engaging and completely interesting piece about five people at a dinner party whose conversation is never dull. Now playing at Cinema Village. Read my review from yesterday.

New to DVD

Fast and Furious 6 (recommended): After Paul Walker’s untimely death, this is the time for those who haven’t yet checked in to this series to get into it full throttle. While not quite as awesome as the fifth installment, this entry solidifies the longevity of this series, and contains some truly unbelievable and fantastic action sequences.

Touchy Feely (mixed bag): This offbeat comedy pairs director Lynn Shelton with star Rosemarie Dewitt, but it’s hardly as affecting or entertaining as their previous collaboration, “Your Sister’s Sister.” An initially intriguing premise doesn’t lead anywhere particularly interesting or productive.

Now On Demand / Netflix Instant Streaming

C.O.G. (mixed bag): This adaptation of a David Sedaris story about a man who goes to Oregon to work on an apple farm is unwelcoming and bland. Jonathan Groff stars as the lost title character whose life journey doesn’t take him anywhere interesting.

Lovelace (mixed bag): This biopic isn’t nearly as compelling as another Sundance entry from this year that looks and sounds very much the same, “The Look of Love.” Amanda Seyfriend turns in a decent performance as the infamous star of “Deep Throat” in a film that never quite captures the spirit of its subject matter and involved characters.

Prince Avalanche (recommended): The third of this week’s theatrical releases from Sundance is a perfectly entertaining if directionless 80s movie about two men, one driven by determination and the other by laziness, featuring fun performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

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