Published Feb 03, 2012February kicks off with a mixed bag of movie releases, from Gerardo Naranjo's gripping tale of a girl caught in the Mexican drug trade, to yet another directorial disaster from Madge. For tips on what to see and what to avoid this weekend, read full reviews of the following highlights at Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section.
First up, Daniel Radcliffe goes from wizard to haunted widower in The Woman in Black (pictured), while teens take on superpowers in Josh Trank's smart debut feature Chronicle.
Drew Barrymore blubs about the plight of trapped whales in animal rescue romp Big Miracle. And Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala ("Miss Bullet") displays the dark side of life in modern Mexico.
Meanwhile, Glenn Close pulls off an Oscar-nominated performance in Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs. Madonna goes behind the camera as the director of W.E., a film which tries to mirror the life of a lonely New York trophy wife with that of King Edward VIII's bride Wallis Simpson. And Sean Cisterna gives us Moon Point, which is an endearing but ill-conceived flick about a 20-something looking for his long-lost love
Then two Connecticut inn employees attempt to prove their workplace is haunted in Ti West's homage to past horrors, The Innkeepers. And lastly, Inside Lara Roxx follows Montreal native and aspiring porn star Lara Loxx, who made headlines in 2004 after contracting the HIV virus during a shoot. Director Mia Donovan documents Roxx's subsequent struggles with crack addiction, HIV-related tuberculosis and bipolar disorder in this tragic yet compelling film.
To read full reviews of these picks and more, head over to the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.