2017-10-12 / Arts & Entertainment News

FILM CAPSULES

Victoria & Abdul

(Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon) The friendship between Queen Victoria (Dench) and an Indian servant (Fazal) late in her life is chronicled in director Stephen Frears’ latest. It’s a bit scattered in terms of narrative tone, but overall the touching, symbiotic friendship is a welcome sight to see. Rated PG-13.

American Made

(Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright) Airline pilot Barry Seal (Cruise) is recruited by the CIA to take pictures over Central America, then becomes involved in drug and gun smuggling. It’s a captivating story that will keep you rooting for the anti-hero, but it doesn’t have the visual panache this kind of film should feature. Rated R.

Rebel in the Rye

(Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson) Author J.D. Salinger (Hoult) struggles to be a writer, and later struggles with success, in this uneven biopic. It’s a conventional movie for perhaps the most unconventional artist of our time – there’s little doubt the real Salinger (who died in 2010) would hate it. Rated PG-13.

Stronger

(Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson) After losing his legs from just above the knee in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) adapts to a new lifestyle with his girlfriend (Maslany), mother (Richardson), and friends helping him. It’s an inspiring true story, and Gyllenhaal’s performance is Oscar-worthy. Rated R.

Patti Cakes

(Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty) Patti (Macdonald), an overweight white girl in New Jersey, dreams of becoming a rap star. Macdonald makes a splash in what could be a breakout performance, but the movie is too predictable to be truly memorable. Rated R.

The Trip To Spain

(Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan) Friends and comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play versions of themselves as they sample fine dining and tourist attractions throughout Spain. Most of it is good conversation that’s reasonably consistently funny, though it does get a bit too chatty for its own good at times. Not Rated: Adult themes.

The Only Living Boy in New York

(Callum Turner, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale) In his early 20s and aimless in New York City, Thomas (Turner) sleeps with his father’s (Brosnan) mistress (Beckinsale) and ends up even more confused about life. The ending is decent, but this is the type of indie that’s full of high-minded ideas that never amount too much. Rated R.

Wind River

(Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille) In a frigid and remote Wyoming territory, a hunter/tracker (Renner) and inexperienced F.B.I. agent (Olsen) search for the murderer of a teenage girl (Asbille). The frostiness of the snow-covered terrain provides a nice texture to the compelling story; too bad the last act is a bit weak. Rated R. ¦






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