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:
Dan in Real Life
Steve Carell negotiates his character’s elation, defeat and embarrassment quite handily, and the film’s multigenerational setup showcases his versatility. Convincingly overprotective of his rebellious teenage daughter and tender toward his youngest child, Dan is still boyish enough to earn – and heed – gentle scoldings from his mother, played by Dianne Wiest.
The Darjeeling Limited
Jason Schwartzman, who co-wrote the film with cousin Roman Coppola and director Wes Anderson, is a bit of a poker face. But he provides some fun moments as his character, Jack, flirts with a train attendant (a winning Amara Karan). Jack appears to embrace his role as kid brother and screw-up.
Into the Wild
Sean Penn’s breathtaking and compassionate film so fully imparts its wandering hero’s (Emile Hirsch, pictured above with Hal Holbrook ) quest for freedom that even a scene in which he burns money makes its point. Though it’s hard to let go of what the money represents, it is, ultimately, just paper.