Just four new movies opening this week in cinemas…
MY TOP PICK TO SEE
Top of the list to see this week is an Indian movie, SIDDHARTH, in which a chain-wallah from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son, in the hopes that whoever took him, returns him unharmed. According to Village Voice’s Alan Scherstuhl, The photography fascinates even when the story flags, and the film bristles with small revelations. Watch for my review soon.
OTHERS TO SEE
MY CORNERSTONE, a new Australian comedy, drama, romance tells the story of a young Indian nurse who moves to Sydney where she’s placed in the household of a wealthy Indian-Australian family and given the task of caring for an elderly lady. Don’t know much about this one but will let you know what it is like once I have seen it.
THE JUDGE, starring two great performers. Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr) returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Critics and general public are divided on this one. The Guardian Catherine Shoard, for example, says that The Judge is a timeless film, in that it could have been made at almost any point over the past 80 years: rote plot, functional support, well-signalled twists. It’s a two-seater star vehicle offering little legroom for other passengers. I don’t think it is quite that bad – watch out for my review coming soon.
Finally, there’s TUSK. It’s a comedy, drama, horror. When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him. If Film.com’s Kate Erbland is correct, Tusk is revolting, but that’s entirely the point of Kevin Smith’s admirably imaginative and utterly disgusting latest feature, a twisted fairy tale that trades on gross-out gags and visual shockers instead of actual story. Not sure about this one – may depend on whether you like to grossed out or not!
That’s it for this week. See you at the movies!
NB: synopses of movies are adapted from IMDB. Opinions are mine unless quoted from cited sources.