Wondering what to go see this weekend?
In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:
How She Move
Rutina Wesley, a Juilliard graduate in her first starring film role, is a wonderful dancer with real screen presence. She convinces as a determined young woman who joins a male crew because she knows female troupes never win big competitions. The character’s opportunistic streak just adds to her complexity.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
His thoughts (rendered in voiceover) reveal so much of stroke patient Jean-Do’s personality that Mathieu Amalric's performance could rest on voice work alone. But when the camera reveals Jean-Do’s face, the performance becomes truly heart-rending. Emoting almost entirely through one eye, Amalric always maintains a connection between the man in the hospital bed and the healthy Jean-Do presented in flashback and fantasy scenes.
There Will Be Blood
3 1/2 stars
Oil man Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a big personality even at his quieter moments. When local preacher Eli (Paul Dano) consults him about church matters or the oil-field workers’ drinking, Daniel barely contains his contempt. Daniel’s belief in the almighty dollar prevents an understanding of competing beliefs.