It's a pretty light theater weekend but if you're looking for something to see, check out Drinking Buddies. Otherwise, catch up on some DVD and streaming movies you might have missed!
In Theaters: Drinking Buddies
This romantic dramedy just arrived at DC's Landmark E Street. It's about two craft brewery coworkers (Olivia Wilde and New Girl's Jake Johnson) who seem perfect for one another, except that neither are single. It sounds incredibly generic, but it's gotten many good reviews praising its performances, complicated relationships and avoidance of formula. Lee hears it's like 2011 indie comedy Your Sister's Sister.
This magical caper has a great cast, fun character interaction, distracting CG and an increasingly convoluted heist plot. The characters feel like variations of the actors' best known roles, especially those played by arrogant Jesse Eisenberg and smartest man in the room Morgan Freeman, but the personalities work well together. Now's your chance to check it out.
On DVD: The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines is a long, complex, and thoughtful movie about fathers' legacies and their effects upon their sons. However, its slow pace and length made me conclude that it was ultimately a rental. It starts as a crime tale about a dad (Ryan Gosling) taking desperate measures to provide for his family, but takes a very different path after the first act. Lee really liked the story's unconventional structure, along with Gosling and Bradley Cooper's performances. For those of you who listened to me, now's your chance to see it. For those that didn't listen to me, well, now you can see it again!
Streaming (Netflix): There Will Be Blood
This is the very acclaimed tale of the rise of a ruthless oilman in early 20th century California. Daniel Day-Lewis won numerous awards for his very intense lead performance. Paul Dano is great as twin brothers who butt heads with him during his conquest of the land, particularly as the local church-leading twin who annoys the heartless oilman throughout the story.
Streaming (Amazon): Zoolander
Zoolander is one of those movies that I can watch again and again and still enjoy it. It's not a great movie, but it's a very funny one and features some very funny actors at their funniest. If you haven't seen it, make sure to watch this one. If you have seen it, then watch it again.