Published Mar 15, 2013Suggesting that you rest up before Sunday's St. Patty's Day festivities will either sound like a really old or really young thing to say, but regardless, we've got a whole list of films you can try your luck with before the big day. These ones are just the highlights, so don't forget to head over to our Recently Reviewed section for a full listing of new releases.
First on the list is Brad Anderson's The Call (pictured), which takes place, for the most part, in the trunk of a car. Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin), who has just been stuffed into a trunk in a mall parking lot, makes a 911 call to Jordan Turner (Halle Berry), and the two talk while the police try to find the location of the car. It may sound a little yawn-worthy, but our reviewer it a "disturbing and shockingly aggressive little thriller," so check in to see why it's worth watching.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone by Don Scardino is a comedy that's meant to be funny, not to teach us something. It's got a collection of big names behind it, including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey. Carell and Buscemi are lame, bedazzled velvet suit-wearing 40-something magicians, while Carrey plays the big-publicity, Criss Angel-type performer. The characters are archetypes, and the structure is deliberate, and yet, says our reviewer, "there is something special about Wonderstone."
Next is Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Parvel's Leviathan, which, though it is never said, seems to act as a parable for mortality, focusing on the dying fish and people on fishing boats floating in the North Atlantic. The film depends on camerawork to tell the story of the movement of the ship and repetitive tasks one is confined to in such a small space, but does it leave room for audiences to come to their own understanding of the images they are presented with? Read our review to see.
Sean Garrity's Blood Pressure takes on the task of exploring just what someone who is bored with their life and desperate for approval is willing to do. It plays with themes of psychology, romance, and empowerment. The film tells the story of Nicole (Michelle Giroux), a lonely woman who begins receiving letters from "a friend." The sender expresses an understanding of her feelings, compliments her and sends gifts before asking Nicole to do increasingly suspicious things.
Cate Shortland tries her hand at another coming-of-age-story with her post-WWII film, Lore, in which the titular protagonist (Saskia Rosendahl) must take care of four younger siblings after their SS officer and mother are taken into allied custody. For lighter fare, try out Andy Capper's Reincarnated, which tracks Snoop Dogg's transition into the reggae world as Snoop Lion. The documentary takes a look at the recording and work that went into Snoop's upcoming album, as well as his budding desire to learn about Rastafarianism.
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.