Published Sep 16, 2011Start your weekend off with a glance at these highlights from Exclaim.ca's Recently Reviewed section. Featuring a wide variety of films, from horror remakes to music documentaries, we've rounded up reviews of new flicks, both in wide release and on the festival circuit.
First up, Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling delivers another stellar performance in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, which is out in theatres this week. The film is an action-revenge story that we dubbed "one of the best films of the year so far" and the movie earned itself an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
On a different note, Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a multitasking modern-day wonder woman in I Don't Know How She Does It, or if chick flicks aren't your thing, check out the remake of gruesome horror film Straw Dogs.
For fans of Serge Gainsbourg or anyone who wants to know more about the troubled French musician, Joanna Sfar's biopic simply titled Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life should be a treat. Eric Elmosnino does an admirable job portraying the artist throughout his tumultuous love affairs and musical endeavours, while Sfar "highlights Gainsbourg's most vivid and memorable moments in his career in an unconventional way."
TIFF is still in town and there's plenty of buzz surrounding Alexander Payne's latest The Descendants, starring George Clooney thrust into the role of a single dad. There's also the hockey comedy Goon, which has earned an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for its Slapshot-esque humour -- bringing levity back to the sport after a series of tragic events this summer.
Another comedy we've reviewed this week is 50/50, starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Despite the poignant undertones brought on by Levitt's character's cancer diagnosis -- a 50/50 chance of survival -- the film delivers moving performances, while still making viewers laugh. Rogen also stars in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz alongside Michelle Williams in one of TIFF's most buzzed-about films.
Master of weird David Cronenberg's latest A Dangerous Method delves deeply into psychoanalysis, chronicling the relationship between the characters of Freud and Jung. Read the full review to find out why it picked up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week. And finally, Cameron Crowe premiered his latest film at TIFF, the Pearl Jam documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, which, as you might imagine, tells the story of the Seattle grunge band over the last 20 years.
Head over to the Recently Reviewed section of Exclaim.ca now to read the full reviews of these highlights and many more.