Wondering what to 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:
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.
3 1/2 stars
This Oscar-nominated, French-language animated film uses hand-drawn, black-and-white imagery to depict a girl’s coming of age during the Islamic revolution in Iran. As the penciled-in shading overtakes the frame to emphasize personally or politically charged moments, “Persepolis” adopts the quality of film noir.
There Will Be Blood
3 1/2 stars
Oil tycoon Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) remains a big personality even at quieter moments. When local preacher Eli (Paul Dano) consults him about church matters or the oil-field workers’ drinking, Daniel barely contains his contempt. His belief in the almighty dollar prevents an understanding of competing beliefs.
Also, check out the Oscar-nominated shorts at the Crest Theatre. It's a rare opportunity to see world-class short films on a big screen.