- 'The Hunt'
The Hunt Not a documentary about the life and times of Helen Hunt, thank God, but rather a drama from Dogme95 cofounder Thomas Vinterberg (which, incidentally, is Danish for “Place Where It’s Always Colder Than Freakin’ February”). Cannes’ Best Actor of 2012, Mads Mikkelsen, plays a teacher and dad whose already unstable life is rent further asunder by an accusation of child molestation. Vinterberg’s The Celebration was a hugely enjoyable bit of psychodrama in which the emotional punishment kept coming again and again, so there’s every reason to expect similarly sadistic pleasures from his latest. And as we saw in Casino Royale, Mikkelsen cries actual blood when he gets worked up, so this could be a marriage made in schadenfreude heaven. (R) – Steve Schneider
Machete Kills Who would have thought we’d one day be two movies deep into a franchise spun off from the fake trailers in Grindhouse? God knows why Machete got the nod, and not Don’t; I still want that movie, dammit! But maybe we should just be thankful (see what I’m about to do here?) that we haven’t had to suffer through a feature-length version of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving. Anyway, this time, Danny Trejo’s badass Mexican gets to keep company with not only Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez, but also Lady Gaga and Drunk Uncle’s favorite, Sofia Viagra – the latter now equipped with ammunition-firing boobs. Which answers the question of why Robert Rodriguez persists in doing this stuff: because he can. (R) – SS
Romeo & Juliet This adaptation of the Shakespeare classic takes a huge gamble: It’s actually set in the correct era and location! No Ethan Hawke soliloquizing into video-store cameras this time – just pure teenage love and death, old-school Italian style. OK, the dialogue has
undergone an austerity-age slimdown, but that job fell to Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, so the PBS set can still feel smart while being spoon-fed exposition like “Juliet is a Capulet; the Capulets and Montagues are mortal enemies.” Aaah, inserting tab A into slot B sounds so romantic when it’s done with an English accent. (PG-13) – SS