Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s newest work, is cause for much anticipation.
Beginners is good.
So much of “Beginners” seems, looks, sounds, feels so hermetically perfect you may long for some air to blow, stir and even mess up its bright Los Angeles homes, the swanky old hotel where Anna stays and all these precious moments. Even so, the movie’s attractions are undeniable, including its narrative design, which seems more complex than it is, but is engaging to piece together. And the performers are charming, particularly Ms. Laurent and Mr. Plummer, with his killer eyes (still seducing after all these years) and a voice that echoes in your ears. Mr. McGregor, a consistently likable screen actor, pulls at your heart but didn’t win mine, partly because Mr. Mills has him tug too hard. Cosmo the dog tugged, too, and won it.
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The trailer for the new Tintin movie, The Secret Of The Unicorn is out and it looks great.
Sylvain Chomet’s new film The Illusionist looks to be fantastic. It was adapted from a short story by Jacques Tati for his daughter and the director of The Triplets of Belleville has apparently worked his magic again.
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Waiting For ‘Superman’ is a movie about the depravity of the American education system and the forces joining to fix it.