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 recently released films:
2 1/2 stars
The pacing is too sluggish in general, but George Clooney and Renee Zellweger are delightful. They sparkle and banter and achieve, at moments, the screwball quality that Clooney (also the director) is reaching for.
The sight of Jodie Foster fussing and flummoxing keeps things interesting. She also shares nice chemistry with Gerard Butler in scenes where her author character squares off with the fictional adventurer she created. This alter ego/subconscious pushes the author to get past her fears and help a kid (Abigail Breslin) in trouble.
Shine a Light
Directed with a light artistic hand by Martin Scorsese, this Rolling Stones concert film juxtaposes Mick Jagger's perfectionist tendencies with Keith Richards's perpetual and irresistible juvenile delinquency. Adding backstage snippets and archival footage to the mix, Scorsese underscores how the Jagger-Richards merger of professionalism and rock 'n' roll lawlessness continues to fuel one of the world's greatest bands.