This week, my picks differ from the version in Friday's Weekend Ticket section. This version features an extra pick and reflects some very welcome news:
The Darjeeling Limited
Last week, I blogged about how seeing the short film "Hotel Chevalier" before "Darjeeling Limited" at a press screening gave me a better understanding of Jason Schwartzman's character. Well, starting Friday, everyone will be able to see Wes Anderson's companion piece to "Darjeeling" in theaters along with the feature. I am almost certain the studio made this move in response to my 21Q item.
Across the Universe
2 1/2 stars
There’s just something transportive about a plaintive voice, a Beatles tune and lively visuals. Not everything works in Julie Taymor’s musical, but some scenes are so spectacular that they alone make the picture worthwhile viewing. Just think of this film as the antidote to “Saw IV.”
Gone Baby Gone
Director Ben Affleck gives his brother, Casey (pictured at right), a showcase in this morally ambiguous crime story involving the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl. Though soft-spoken, Casey Affleck shows convincing grit as his private detective character takes on criminals who might be tied to the missing girl and cops who would prefer that he backed off.
Things We Lost in the Fire
The film’s depiction of the cycle of addiction seems truthful, with Benicio Del Toro's performance convincing at every stage. Rather than go over the top during more dramatic moments, Del Toro keeps his character consistent.