Every week in the Weekend Ticket section, I review new movies and I recommend previously released ones. Here are my picks among recently released movies:
Director Robert Zemeckis' "performance capture" process, which puts sensors on actors for digital enhancement on screen, probably wouldn't work in an adaptation of a David Mamet play. But it suits this tall tale of a Viking hero (Ray Winstone – at least, kind of) who slays sea monsters and battles demons who disrupt mead-and-wench hour at the communal hall.
Amy Adams is delightful as Giselle, a princess who leaves animated form for the bright lights of live-action New York City. Adams' performance is unironically wide-eyed, even as this Disney film gently spoofs the kind of fairy-tale love that the studio helped establish.
No Country for Old Men
As in other Coen brothers movies, some of the most effective moments come from juxtaposing the extraordinary and the banal, the horrifyingly criminal and the workaday polite. But even though it evokes "Fargo" at moments, "No Country for Old Men" establishes itself as something all its own, from the starkness of its violence and Texas landscape to its singular characters.