Pick of the week: “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” — Here’s my full review. Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut is an intoxicating mix of genres — vampire movie, Spaghetti Western, French New Wave romance — all lovingly mixed together into something fresh and new. I can’t wait to see what Amirpour does next.
“Fed Up” — My full review is here. This illuminating documentary looks at what’s really in the foods we buy at the grocery store, and how that low-calorie yogurt may be worse for us than the regular kind. While it may sound like the usual eat-your-veggies health documentary, the film gives you a lot to chew on.
“National Treasure” — It’s fun to watch Nicolas Cage tamp down his usual wild-man persona into PG territory with this much-parodied but highly watchable Disney adventure about a treasure hunt among America’s prized historic relics. I mean, have they tried pouring lemon juice on the Constitution?
“The Escapist” — Bryan Cox leads a crackerjack British cast in this classic prison-break film that builds suspense by keeping the action as real as possible.
“Five Minutes of Heaven” — Liam Neeson turns in a rare indie performance as a reformed IRA terrorist who agrees to meet with the brother (a twitchy James Nesbitt) of a man he killed decades ago, unaware that the brother has revenge on his mind.