Argo --Ben Affleck’s latest directorial effort tells the true story of a daring effort to rescue some of the Americans who were being held hostage in Iran in 1979. But will modern audiences be able to relate to a time in which an opportunistic Republican candidate made a Democratic president seem weak in his handling of an international crisis? It’s almost like expecting them to remember Brave. (R)
Atlas Shrugged Part II -- You gotta love the silly season. Last year, Atlas Shrugged Part I suffered one of the worst flameouts in cinema history, leading to a spate of recriminations and speculation that the second installment might never see the light of a projector. Yet here it is, less than a month before America Decides, with nonstop TV ads posing the pointed question “Will it influence the election?” Depends who you ask: “Yes!” says Representative Paul Ryan. “No!” says Representative Paul Ryan. Me, I’m gonna force a bunch of interns to go and see what they think. (PG-13)
Here Comes the Boom -- Kevin James goes for ripped-from-the headlines relevance, taking on the role of a teacher who raises money for his struggling school by entering the competitive world of MMA. (That’s Mainstream Movie Asininity.) In a further nod to realism, Salma Hayek plays the school nurse. (Just one little “with,” and that last sentence woulda put us into every porn search in the world.) (PG)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- Reviewed this week. (R)
Seven Psychopaths -- From his stage plays to his Oscar-winning short, Six Shooter, to his terrific feature, In Bruges, I’ve remained a huge fan of Martin McDonagh. I’m also the proud and protective owner of a Shih Tzu. This isn’t going to go well for me, is it? (R)
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