Pick of the week: “Das Boot: Director’s Cut“: Wolfgang Petersen’s film about the tense mission of a German U-Boat is a claustrophobic masterpiece, and this director’s cut adds another hour of footage to the film.
Documentary of the week: “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage“: My full review is here. This highly entertaining documentary tells the story of Canada’s biggest band with charm and candor. Even the most ardent Rush hater will leave with a new measure of respect for the power trio.
Thriller of the week: “Donnie Brasco“: Johnny Depp and Al Pacino can both be known to ham it up, but both are effectively grounded in this mob thriller about an undercover FBI agent who gets too close to a mid-level gangster.
Drama of the week: “Big Sur“: My full review is here. The arthouse was full of Jack Kerouac films last year, but this somber one was the most overlooked, focusing on a sadder middle-aged Kerouac starting to burn out.
Comedy of the week: “The Station Agent”: “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage stars as a lonely man who tries to ditch society in rural New Jersey, only to find himself entangled with a haunted woman (Patricia Clarkson) and a loudmouth friend (Bobby Cannavale).