How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here’s our interview with star Michael Shannon; and iW’s with director Jeff Nichols) and heartfelt and sincere 50/50 (our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ahead of the critically-slaughtered and much delayed Margaret, the unimpressive Sarah Palin: You Betcha! or the yet-to-be-screened Dream House or Anna Faris’ What’s Your Number. For the art house cinephile, there’s the difficult-but-worth-it My Joy, while Tucker & Dale vs. Evil offers up a healthy serving of bloody fun for those with the appetite.
Take Shelter, Sony Pictures Classics, USA | Director: Jeff Nichols; Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker | B+ criticWIRE | 96% Tomatometer | TOH! interviews Shannon | TOH! Review round-up.
50/50, Summit, USA | Director: Jonathan Levine; Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston | B+ criticWIRE | 91% Tomatometer | TOH! interviews Gordon-Leviit: “It’s honest, that’s why it’s funny.” | TOH! Review round-up.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Magnet Releasing, USA/CAN | Director: Eli Craig; Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowen, Jesse Moss | B criticWIRE | 90% Tomatometer | Arizona Republic: “It’s a sometimes-hilarious send-up of slasher movies that buries a surprising amount of sweetness under buckets of gore.”
Margaret, Fox Searchlight, USA | Director: Kenneth Lonergan; Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron | iW | 46% Tomatometer | TOH! Review round-up: “A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?”
Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, Freestyle Releasing, USA/CAN | Director: Nick Broomfield | C+ criticWIRE | 38% Tomatometer | NY Observer: “There may be worse things in life than sitting through a 90-minute movie about Sarah Palin. At the moment, I just can’t think of any.”
What’s Your Number?, Twentieth Century Fox, USA | Director: Mark Mylod; Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor | 29% Tomatometer | TotalFilm: “Faris fans awaiting a role to do her justice will have to wait a little longer.”
My Joy, Kino Int’l, GER/UKRAINE/NETHERLANDS | Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Viktor Nemets, Olga Shuvalova | B+ criticWIRE | 88% Tomatometer | Village Voice: “A maddening vision and one of the year’s must-see provocations.”