Friday, January 10, 2014

What to Watch This Weekend: January 10, 2014

Instead of going out and enjoying the warmer weather, you can watch some movies! There is also a pair of interesting, new to DVD documentaries: Inequality for All and Linsanity.

When their patriarch disappears, the large Weston family comes home to assist his sick wife Violet (Meryl Streep). Unfortunately, Violet's incredibly toxic personality makes her reunion with her daughters (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis) and their dysfunctional families a very stressful event. This incredibly uncomfortable family reunion is sad but often bitterly funny and the relationships between Violet and her daughters feel authentic, but some may be overwhelmed by the continual entrance of subplots that are sure to go south and the sometimes overly loud acting and dialoguelikely related to its origin as a play.

Richie (Justin Timberlake) is not only a financial genius who left Wall Street to pursue a master's at Princeton, he's also a poker expert. When he loses to a cheater in an online game, he decides to confront the guy (Ben Affleck) and gets drawn into some kind of online gambling criminal underworld. It's kind of slow and not very thrilling for a crime thriller, but Timberlake and Affleck are fun to watch.
In the wake of tragic news, waitress Amélie (Audrey Tautou) decides to make an effort to bring happiness into the lives of others, often utilizing fairly complex schemes. This French romantic comedy is known for its charming lead actress, colorful and imaginative visuals, and greater intelligence than the average feel-good movie. Fans of short-lived Pushing Daisies may appreciate this film; it seems that ABC and creator Bryan Fuller's appreciation of the film inspired some aspects of the show's production.

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Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) works in a small town's kindergarten.and is liked by much of the community aside from the divorced wife with whom he fathered a teenage son. His reputation takes a beating when a seemingly innocent kindergarten girl ignorantly makes very damaging statements about him. The Danish film is a well-acted, maddening look at the dangers of hysteria.

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