Every week in Friday's Weekend Ticket section, I review new movies and I recommend previously released ones. Can't wait to read it? Well, this feature now appears at 21Q each Thursday afternoon.
My picks among recently released movies:
Into the Wild
Emile Hirsch makes his highly idealistic – and therefore potentially insufferable – character likable from the start. Though contemptuous of parents who dare to offer him a new car as a graduation gift, this young man is open toward people he meets on the road. It’s a plausible dichotomy in a person his age. But it is nature, not people, that truly inspires him. Hirsch’s face lights up at his character’s first glimpses of wide expanses and seascapes, then darkens during a stop in the city.
3 1/2 stars
What makes this legal drama so compelling is that it exists almost entirely in murky areas. No one at the law firm for which Michael Clayton (George Clooney) serves as a “fixer” maintains that the chemical company it’s defending is squeaky-clean, only that it has the right to a defense. And Clooney, looking weary but more handsome than ever, gives his best lead performance to date.