“A.C.O.D.” — My full review is here. UW-Madison grad Ben Karlin wrote the screenplay for this sharp comedy, in which Adam Scott plays an Adult Child of Divorce still dealing with feuding parents Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara. Some might describe the movie as a little sitcommy, although that’s probably a testament to how good sitcoms are these days.
“Meek’s Cutoff” — My full review is here. Kelly Reichardt’s take on the Western is sort of a harrowing “Waiting For Godot” existentialist drama mixed with a Bush administration parable, as a group of settlers lost on the prairie weigh whether to follow an arrogant tracker, and what to do when they capture an Indian scout.
“Shanghai Knights” — At the exact opposite end of the Western spectrum is this goofy sequel to “Shanghai Noon,” in which Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson head to London to fight bad guys, save the Queen and have a big ol’ pillow fight.
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” — My full review is here. Documentary filmmaker Mary Dore takes a comprehensive and entertaining look at the feminist movement of the 1960s, which was really many groups with many tactics fighting for many goals, from equal pay to abortion rights.”
“Sixteen Candles” — John Hughes’ debut film as a director is a sweet and salty teen comedy starring Molly Ringwald as a beleaguered girl dealing with crises at home and at school. You won’t believe how young John Cusack used to be.