Last Call: ‘Lemmy,’ ‘Night Catches Us,’ ‘White Material,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ Plus ‘Shock Corridor,’ ‘Suspiria’

A cornucopia of closers fill the coffers of local cine-maniacs tonight and tomorrow. Add in a couple of special screenings, and I don’t know if you have time to breath between showtimes. First, the films that are finishing up their limited engagements (links to showtimes included): ‘Lemmy: The Movie.’ Documentary about the Motorhead frontman; our own Steve Norwood called it “a fine example of high-decibel idol worship.” (The Texas Theatre) ‘Night Catches Us.’ Drama about race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood in 1976. (The Texas Theatre) ‘White Material.’ Claire Denis’ latest, about a woman trying to hold on to her family’s plantation. (Angelika … Continue reading Last Call: ‘Lemmy,’ ‘Night Catches Us,’ ‘White Material,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ Plus ‘Shock Corridor,’ ‘Suspiria’

‘Rabbit Hole’ Delivers Gut-Punch Drama (Review)

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Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart cope with a marriage under stress. (Lionsgate)

Grief is a river that flows everywhere at once. As tremendously kind and empathetic as it proves to be, the basic premise of “Rabbit Hole” may be off-putting. So let’s describe it initially in these terms: a husband and wife must come to grips with the possible dissolution of their marriage, due to circumstances beyond their control.

Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are walking on eggshells. Becca appears so fragile that she’ll break into a million pieces from the merest glance cast in her direction. We see that in the tentative manner that her next-door neighbor approaches her; it’s a quiet morning, and Becca is tending to her garden. The neighbor invites her to a little get-together, speaking softly, in calm, measured tones, as though Becca were an injured animal that might run away at the slightest misspoken word. Becca politely declines the invitation, citing a prior engagement, but she, too, speaks with restraint.

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