While Cars 2 trends rotten and Cameron Diaz gets dirty for Bad Teacher, several worthwhile indies are also in theaters this weekend. ThePlaylist calls Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop a “winning, charming, you’ll-miss-stuff-because-you’re-still-laughing-too-hard concert documentary and a peek behind Conan’s psychological curtain.” It’s also indieWIRE’s Pick of the Week. NYT’s Stephen Holden says If A Tree Falls‘s “sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece of reporting, although its emotional heat rarely rises to a boil,” while Manohla Dargis says Chris Weitz’s scaling down for A Better Life has “done him good.”
As for Mexico’s Leap Year (currently with 100% on the Tomatometer), Philip French of the Guardian declares; “It’s an intense, powerful and at times deeply painful movie, a serious exercise in sexual politics, and Mónica del Carmen as Laura gives an outstanding, brave performance” (Time Out also compares it to Last Tango in Paris). There’s also John Turturro’s musical adventure, Passione, Neil Patrick Harris starrer The Best and The Brightest and The Names of Love from France, of which Lisa Schwarzbaum says:
“For those who wish to decode The Names of Love, there’s a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc’s droll autobiographical French comedy. But the surface story works just fine too.”
A Better Life, Summit Entertainment, USA | Dir: Chris Weitz; Cast: Demián Bichir, José Julián Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo, Joaquin Cosio, Nancy Lenehan |
B criticWIRE | indieWIRE Interview: Weitz Moves from Twilight to A Better Life | 79% Tomatometer | 66% MetaCritic.