Happy October! Here are your movie options for this weekend!
Addicted to Fresno: I missed this indie comedy at Inside Out last spring — Susan caught it insteaad — but it pairs Judy Greer with her frequent Married director Jamie Babbit, so I’m in.
Coming Home: Zhang Yimou’s latest has been knocking around the release schedule for a while now, but Rad — who caught it at TIFF last year — is glad to see it opening.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon: Douglas Tirola chronicles the life and death of the infamous brand in a most entertaining documentary, featuring virtually every funny person in America. And some from Canada, even!
Finders Keepers: A very silly story becomes a surprisingly touching study of human complexity (and stupidity) in this crowd-pleasing documentary. Y’all should check it out.
Guilty: Rad sees Meghna Gulzar’s courtroom picture (opening under its original title, Talvar) as a commentary on the Indian legal system that plays like a dense television drama. That’s an endorsement.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition: It’s only playing a couple of times this week, but it’ll be at the Lightbox later this month so don’t panic if you can’t go.
The Martian: I’ve managed to miss Ridley Scott’s latest, though I’m sure I’ll catch up to it soon enough. Everyone seems to be pretty high on it — including Glenn. Just not sure it’s the IMAX experience of the week, is all.
Mission to Lars: A truly kind gesture is exploited shamelessly in this manipulative documentary about three siblings who embark on an utterly contrived quest to meet a famous person who is, honestly, not all that hard to meet.
Partisan: Vincent Cassel brings his signature beetle-browed intensity to Ariel Kleiman’s allegorical drama. It won’t be around long, so catch it at the Carlton while you can.
Taxi: Iran continues to refuse to let Jafar Panahi make movies, and Panahi keeps refusing to respect the order. His latest feature, set entirely inside a cab that he just happens to be driving, is a delightful bird-flip in their direction. Rad agrees.
The Walk: Robert Zemeckis turns Philippe Petit’s daredevil high-wire act into one of the most incredible cinematic experiences of the decade. There’s a movie wrapped around it, but that’s not important right now. Playing in IMAX theatres only for the next week, which is absolutely how you should see it.
There you go! And now, back to work on next week’s section … which will be absolutely insane. Pray for Mojo.