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:
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
3 1/2 stars
In casting so perfect it almost brings tears to your eyes, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the older brother and would-be mastermind of a robbery of his parents' jewelry store, and Ethan Hawke the sibling he cajoles into actually pulling off the job. Shots of the two brothers standing nearly nose to nose, one of them burly and bullying, the other lanky and uncertain, underscore the degree to which childhood roles can follow us into adulthood.
Dan in Real Life
It's one of the rare movies depicted gatherings of extended families in which the interaction seems authentic. Dan (Steve Carell) has some quibbles about his brother (Dane Cook), who happens to be dating the woman Dan loves (Juliette Binoche). But mostly he just loves his sibling and doesn't want to hurt his feelings.
Into the Wild
Beautifully and breathtakingly photographed by Eric Gautier, "Into the Wild" presents an America just waiting to be explored, from South Dakota farmlands to the Southern California desert to unspoiled Alaskan terrain. Songs by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder accentuate the imagery perfectly.