Whether you have a thing for fast cars, swooning romances or violent remakes, this week’s new slate of releases have a little bit of something for everyone. Learn what’s worth checking out (and what’s not) by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our Blog Network.
The tense pedal-to-the-medal routine begins in the opening minutes and continues, sporadically, all the way through the bloody finale.
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn has chosen style over substance.
“Drive” would be a completely different, more ordinary film without Ryan Gosling.
The Playlist: A
Refn’s direction is so subtly and beautifully framed that you don’t notice how good it is until much later.
“The Lion King 3D”
The Playlist: A
“The Lion King” remains a masterpiece of modern animation, and the new 3D presentation, with unobtrusive added dimensionality and a healthy technological spit-shine, perfectly illuminates its artistic and thematic accomplishments.
Despite the dark context, Van Sant maintains a playful tone, thanks to Danny Elfman’s upbeat soundtrack and the effervescent feel of the ensuing plot.
“Restless” has some touching moments as the two loners realize they’re falling in love, but it threatens to suffocate in its own quaintness.
“Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure”
The Playlist: B+
f you don’t think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then “Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure” will leave you bored.
The Playlist: D-
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: it’s probably a matter of time before every movie is remade, and as such, it was likely the appropriate moment for “Straw Dogs.”