The Sundance Film Festival began last night, with early, extremely positive word leaking out about ‘Project Nim,’ a documentary by James Marsh (‘Man on Wire’) about a chimp who learns sign language; horror flick ‘Silent House,’ starring Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of The Twins), made some gasp with fright and others roll their eyes in disgust. If you have cable, be sure to check the “on demand” section for five Sundance titles that will be available concurrently with their premieres at the festival in the next few days.
As for us, we have Park City-like cold this morning, but the weekend should warm up into the 50s, providing great weather for catching up on limited releases, special screenings, and a couple of wide releases.
- ‘Dogtooth.’ Critical darling from Greece about three teenage children kept isolated on their family’s estate. (One week only; The Texas Theatre)
- ‘And Everything is Going Fine.’ Steven Soderberg’s documentary about the late, great Spalding Gray. (One week only; The Texas Theatre)
- ‘All Good Things.’ Ryan Gosling stars with Kirsten Dunst in the true-life story of a wealthy, accused murderer. Directed by Andrew Jarecki. (Angelika Dallas)
- ‘The Company Men.’ Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones star in John Wells’ weepie about the effect of the financial crisis upon high-salaried executives. (Angelika Plano) * Review added.
- ‘No Strings Attached.’ Natalie Portman and Ashley Kutcher star as “friends with benefits” who begin to question the nature of their relationship. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (Multiplexes everywhere) * Review added.
- ‘The Way Back.’ Prisoners escape from a labor camp in the Soviet Union and must travel thousands of miles to freedom. With Colin Farrell, Mark Strong, and Jim Sturgess. Based on a true story; directed by Peter Weir. (Many multiplexes)
- ‘Flash Gordon.’ Mike Hodges adaptation landed with a thud in 1980, but the years have been kind, especially to the score by Queen and Max von Sydow’s turn as Emperor Ming. (Friday and Saturday, midnight only, Landmark Magnolia)
- ‘Mon Oncle’ and ‘Trafic.’ The director’s series continues, with two more selections from Jacques Tati. (‘Mon Oncle’ Saturday only; ‘Trafic’ Sunday only; The Texas Theatre)
We’ll keep this post at the top through the weekend, adding reviews (*) as we go.