The Spectacular Now **
When a high-school clown gets dumped he begins a relationship with a more innocent girl.
Sincere, humble and truncated film on a familiar theme; lovingly assembled and superbly acted from all concerned. Dispiritedly, the last act is stunted.
d – James Ponsoldt
w – Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (Based on the Novel by Tim Tharp)
ph – Jess Hall
pd – Linda Sena
m – Rob Simonsen
ed – Darrin Navarro
cos – Peggy Stamper
p – Michelle Krumm, Andrew Lauren, Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Andre Royo, Bob Odenkirk, Kaitlyn Dever
How I Live Now
An American girl, sent to England to stay with relatives, finds love while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.
Plodding, indifferent adaptation a semi-loved novel. Entering data is less dull.
d – Kevin Macdonald
w – Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Penelope Skinner (Based on the Novel by Meg Rosoff)
ph – Franz Lustig
pd – Jacqueline Abrahams
m – Jon Hopkins
ed – Jinx Godfrey
cos – Jane Petrie
p – John Battsek, Alasdair Flind, Andrew Ruhemann, Charles Steel
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay, Harley Bird, Danny McEvoy, Anna Chancellor
A man who has fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic is being sued by his children to reveal his identity.
A film that is rotten to the core, with not a single successful joke and a star who seems to have lost complete interest.
wd – Ken Scott (Based on the Screenplay by Ken Scott, Martin Petit)
ph – Eric Alan Edward
pd – Ida Random
m – Jon Brion
ed – Priscilla Nedd-Frinedly
cos – Melissa Toth
p – Andre Rouleau
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Simon Delaney
The Great Beauty **
After his 65th birthday, a former author, now celebrity journalist, reflects on his life in Italy.
Obvious allusions to Fellini aside, this is a difficult film to define. Told in episodes, it shows a materialistic Rome with nostalgic regret. Suffice it to say that it warms, it scars, it mesmerizes and it fumbles.
d – Paolo Sorrentino
w – Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
ph – Luca Bigazzi
pd – Stefania Cella
m – Lele Marchitelli
ed – Cristiano Travaglioli
cos – Daniela Ciancio
p – Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuilano
Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio
The Broken Circle Breakdown **
A Belgian couple, who share a love of bluegrass music, experience turmoil when their daughter becomes gravely ill.
Predictable and corny, but pulled-off with finesse. What stops it from greatness is its own desire to be both conventional and bold.
d – Felix Van Groeningen
w – Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen (Based on the Play by Johan Heldenbergh Mieke Dobbels)
ph – Kurt Rigolle
pd – Nico Leunen
m – Ruben Impens
ed – Bjorn Eriksson
cos – Ann Lauwerys
p – Dirk Impens
Cast: Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils De Caster, Robbie Cleiren, Bert Huysentruyt, Jan Bijvoet