This week is another mixture of TIFF stuff and bold new things, and also an Angry Birds movie because of course there’s an Angry Birds movie. Read on!
A La Vie: Susan finds that Jean-Jacques Zilbermann’s family story — adapted from his mother’s actual experiences after the Holocaust — takes one step too many away from real life. Great cast, though.
The Angry Birds Movie: It’s a cartoon based on that phone game you vaguely remember! Rad saw it so you don’t have to.
Belladonna of Sadness: Made in 1973, Eiichi Yamamoto’s animated tale of a young woman plunged into a psychedelic landscape of desire and torment gets the midnight-movie presentation it … deserves?
Dark Horse: Fans of Welsh accents and horse racing will swoon for Louise Osmond’s documentary, which offers those things in the most upbeat, celebratory manner possible. Bless.
High-Rise: Chaos reigns in Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s allegorical novel, with Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller caught in the whirlpool. It’s exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure, if that makes any sense.
Holy Hell: A great idea (and some really compelling footage) is wasted in Will Allen’s flailing personal documentary. Jared Leto is credited as an executive producer, which I guess is one more reason to be annoyed with Jared Leto.
League of Exotique Dancers: Barely a month after opening Hot Docs, Rama Rau’s documentary about the rise of Las Vegas burlesque culture is back at the Bloor. Susan gives it the thumbs up.
The Man Who Knew Infinity: Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons star as a prodigy and his professor in Matthew Brown’s historical drama, which made not the slightest impact when it opened at TIFF last fall. Rad has an idea why.
Men and Chicken: After three seasons of Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen and his Green Butchers writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen do their best to walk back the star’s charismatic image … by placing him at the center of a truly insane farce about sibling rivalries and weird science. Do check it out.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising: I enjoyed the first one a lot more than I thought I would, so I’m encouraged to see how Nicholas Stoller puts the band back together for a sequel. Glenn’s review will be up later today.
The Nice Guys: Shane Black’s latest is perfectly in step with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — a zippy action comedy with three-dimensional characters and a knockout performance from its star. (That would be Ryan Gosling, though Angourie Rice from These Final Hours is pretty great too.) Do not miss this.
And now I’m off to file a buttload of copy to get ahead of the holiday. Happy Victoria Day weekend, everybody!