While Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road slug it out for box-office prominence in their second week — and my money’s on Furiosa — the studios tee up a pair of other, less-assured contenders and the indies scramble for whatever screens are available. Here’s what’s what:
Banksy Does New York: The English artist’s month-long residency in the five boroughs is captured in a new documentary, which Jose enjoys but doesn’t rate as highly as Exit Through the Gift Shop.
The Face of an Angel: Like most of the TIFF press corps, Rad was underwhelmed by Michael Winterbottom’s metafictional take on the Amanda Knox murder case. Dangit.
Poltergeist: Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt in a remake of the Spielberg/Hooper classic? Sign me up! Except that Fox declined to screen it for the press, so … um …
Tomorrowland: Brad Bird’s love of exceptionalism and alternate-reality production design makes this massive sci-fi adventure a constant delight, even if it doesn’t fully come together the way I think he wants it to. But as I say in the review, I’d rather watch a movie with too much on its mind than not enough.
Welcome to Me: Kristen Wiig fully commits to the dark, dark role of a bipolar woman who wins the lottery and buys her own talk show … but the movie around her just isn’t functioning on the same level.
So, yeah. That’s your weekend. Basically, if Tomorrowland doesn’t appeal to you just go see Mad Max: Fury Road. In 2D, like George intended.