Published Nov 07, 2014As November's chilly weather sets in, spending a weekend at the movies watching one of several new releases this week sounds more and more like the perfect respite from the dreary weather. Every Friday, we assemble a handful of must-read reviews in our Film Roundup to help you decide what films are worth watching at your local cinema. For more, stop by our Recently Reviewed section, to help scratch that movie-going itch.
Acclaimed writer/director Christopher Nolan delivers us our first film of the roundup, Interstellar. This epic sci-fi is set in the not too distant future, in which planet Earth's inhabitants have been decimated by their own hands. The film follows Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, and crew who set out to discover a possible planet for colonization. Our reviewer notes that the film "may not feel as flashy as more experimental sci-fi films," but does it still enthral and resonate? Click on the link above to find out.
This year's winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival is Dear White People, which looks at modern day racism in an Ivy League school, which also happens to be predominantly white. Although it tackles important and relevant issues about racism, there is always a sense of humour lying beneath the surface of every issue. Read on to find out if it's worth watching on the silver screen.
Next up is one of those classic coming of age films, Don't Get Killed in Alaska. The film revolves around two young lovers who are tangled up in some dangerous business with drug dealers in their hometown, which motivates them to travel to Alaska. But does this film about youthful angst plumb new depths of character, or does the script yield another batch of worn-out clichés? Read on to find out.
The Boy Who Smells Like Fish is about exactly that. Born to a Spanish-Canadian mother and a dreadful father, his parents soon realize that their precious new bundle of joy is heavily scented like an aquatic creature. At its base, the film is about staying strong in the face of adversity, but does it transcend that simple message? Check out our review if this film is a catch or not.
Next up we have another Canadian film from Quebec filmmaker Jean-Nicolas Orhon, Slums: Cities of Tomorrow. About one billion of Earth's population lives in makeshift homes and urban communities; this documentary sheds a sympathetic light on the people living in slums around the world, humanizing them by reminding viewers that those living in slums are, according to our reviewer, "real people in real communities getting by with far less than you or I because they don't have a choice."
Last on our roundup list, we have the documentary The Overnighters, which tells the story of countless workers who travel from around the globe to land a job in the supposedly profitable oil rigs in North Dakota. The film "resists easy readings of motive for all its subjects," which helps to build tension between the two sides: the incoming workers and the established community. Read about the conflict in our review by clicking above.
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