Pick of the week: “Boogie Nights“: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ensemble drama about the heyday of ’70s porn is wildly entertaining and ambitious, with terrific performances from Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“Iris” — My full review is here. The last documentary from legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens”), this inspiring film centers on Iris Apfel, a writer, teacher and fashion icon (and former UW student) who at 93 has curated a well-lived life of curiosity, affection and individuality.
“Duke of Burgundy” — My full review is here. There are more than 50 shades of grey in Peter Strickland’s complex and erotic portrait of an S&M lesbian couple, which Strickland shoots with a bewitching tone inspired by ’70s European art cinema.
“The Bourne Supremacy” — The best of the Bourne movies is this second one, as Jason Bourne gets pulled unwillingly back into the government conspiracy that created him, featuring Karl Urban as a rival Russian assassin and one of the best car chases ever on film.
“Batman Begins” — Christopher Nolan’s take on the Caped Crusader begins with this 2005 film, with Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne turning vigilante and saving Gotham City from the Scarecrow.