Paulina Garcia is indeed glorious as the title character: a divorced woman in her 50s carving out her own identity and finding her own happiness. This drama was Chile’s submission for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards (it was not nominated, unfortunately) but it’s very much worth seeking out. It’s honest, unpredictable and just completely lovely. (And yes, it will put the Laura Branigan song in your head. I’m just warning you now.)
It’s just a shot away … it’s just a shot away …
Wait, sorry. This is not a documentary about the rioting at Altamont, nor is it an analysis of Martin Scorsese’s use of pop music in his films. But man, you’ll wish it were. Vanessa Hudgens continues to shed her Disney Channel trappings as a runaway pregnant teen in this poorly-made, anti-abortion drama. It’s essentially an after-school special blown up on the big screen.
Matt and I had a decent time, but Ben is flabbergasted by the lack of realism in the latest Jack Ryan movie. Chris Pine takes over the role of novelist Tom Clancy’s CIA operative — played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck — in this prequel/reboot which rips a hole in the time-space continuum.
Matt and I didn’t even have to use our AKs to review the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart mismatched-buddy cop comedy. But we did blast a few holes in it nonetheless.
Many things suck. Here are three of them. Ben, Alonso and I pick the worst films of 2013.
Ben, Alonso and I choose our favorite movies from 2013. You all know that my No. 1 pick is: “Gravity.” But what did the guys select? The anticipation is agonizing, isn’t it?
James Franco “re-enacts” 40 minutes of cut footage from the 1980 drama “Cruising,” in which Al Pacino starred as an undercover cop exploring New York’s gay-bar scene, in his pseudo-documentary “Interior. Leather Bar.” Alonso and I appreciated this as an ambitious experiment.
Peter Berg’s action picture “Lone Survivor,” based on the true story of a Navy SEAL who narrowly lived through a botched mission in Afghanistan, is intense and intimate and beautifully shot. Ben, Alonso and I don’t dispute that. But we do have differing theories as to whether it’s propaganda or an anti-war statement. I’m curious to hear what you guys think.
Lots of big end-of-the-year releases in theaters now, including the much-anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Lauren Sivan and I whip out the big up-dos to discuss.
We all had a complete blast at “American Hustle,” one of the year’s best films and one that will appear very high on both Alonso’s and my top 10 lists.