Capsule Reviews by Dancing Owl, AKA Chas. Fredricks


FILMS-upcoming, in current release or worthy of catching on the rebound:

Mission Blue: Gripping documentary about humanity’s global destruction of our oceans, and the effort to stop it.
Dolphin Tale 2: In this PR counterattack by the aquarium industry, we get to feel cute and cuddly while imprisoning an animal that has a bigger brain than we do and force it to perform for our amusement. Then we get to pretend we are helping it as it tires of the whole affair and starts to fade away…

I Am Eleven: This documentary accomplishes in a more profound way what Boyhood set out to do, capturing the moment a child looks forward to adulthood knowing it is inevitable, from the comfort of innocence, across cultures and genders.

The Drop: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. A bartender’s double life as a minor crime figure is turned upside down as his neighborhood changes around him.

The Congress: Fantasy combines with reality, Robin Wright attempts to hang onto what’s meaningful. With Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, Danny Huston.

Reclaim: Taut thriller. Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre attempt to get back their adopted daughter from the clutches of sinister but alarmingly honest John Cusak.

The Equalizer: The very watchable Denzel Washington is a retired commando who finds standing up for the little guy a hard habit to break, but no end to the rabbit hole as he goes up against corruption and the Russian mob.
Jimi: All Is By My Side: Hendrix’s early days, captured with flair by AndrÈ Benjamin, dir. by John Ridley
Pride: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West. Gays and Lesbians stand up for the coal miners in 1984 Thatcher’s Britain.

Tracks: Mia Wasikowska plays in the true story of woman who walked nearly 2000 miles across the Australian outback, just because.

The Zero Theorem: dir. Terry Gilliam sends his alter ego Christoph Waltz on his continuing quest for the meaning of life amid its myriad fantastic distractions.

Hector and the Search for Happiness: Simon Peg is a psychiatrist heading a strong supporting cast as he embarks on the global pursuit to find what makes life worth living.

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