There are plenty of traditions associated with Memorial Day: barbecues, the return of white pants,
"The Hangover Part III" opened Thursday.
Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Heather Graham, and Melissa McCarthy. Our review: "Apart from a few laughs, 'The Hangover Part III' feels just as
uninspired and indifferently written as its predecessor, though just in a
different manner. Granted, it's also somewhat better, but that's not
saying a lot." MC: 32 RT: 22%
"Epic." Directed by Chris Wedge. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Christoph Waltz, Chris O'Dowd, Aziz Ansari, and Jason Sudeikis. Our review: "'Epic' lacks many of the trademark elements that have come to define
Blue Sky offerings -- this is hardly a bad thing, since much of the
slapstick poised to attract younger children made for significantly less
entertaining films. That Chris Wedge and co. take a more mature
approach to this film should be lauded but alas, despite several moments
of thoughtful, quiet near-bliss and well-crafted action beats, the
overall product is underwhelming. Visuals aside, the film's title belies
a story that's anything but." Metacritic: 53 Rotten Tomatoes: 67% The Playlist:
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Our review: "
'Before Midnight' isn't the most digestible picture,
but its challenging, funny, painful, very present and alive depiction
of relationships at 40 is so honest and real that we wouldn't have it
any other way." MC: 98
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Directed by Alex Gibney. Our review: "
'We Steal Secrets' is paced
with a level of even-headed righteous indignation, like a late-period album
from a punk stalwart. It's impossible to not feel the gravity of what's at
stake, as the film emphasizes not the public response (which was nil, following
the first week of outrage), nor the wayward punditry (thank God) but rather the
bare essentials." MC: 73
"Fill The Void." Directed by Rama Burshtein. Starring Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, and Chaim Sharir. Our review: "
A curious comedy-drama that has its strengths, but ultimately proves somewhat disappointing." MC: 83
"Nancy, Please." Directed by Andrew Semans. Starring Will Rogers and Eleanore Hendricks. Our review: "'Nancy, Please' begins as a deadpan slacker comedy with existentialist undertones, and Will Rogers'
Paul is a ball of unsettled twenty-something nerves. It's a subtle shift
in Semans' first feature, both in tempo and in Rogers' performance,
that we don't realize the film taking on a slightly more diabolical
undertone." MC: 76 RT: 100% PL: A- "A Green Story."
Directed by Nick Agiashvili. Starring Ed O'Ross, Shannon Elizabeth, Billy Zane, Annabella Sciorra, and Malcolm McDowell. This biopic about the CEO of an eco-friendly cleaning supplies company is one part propaganda, another part American-Dream-come-true story, and all parts tedious. MC: 27 RT: 20%
"Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself" opened Wednesday. Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling.
A deep and multifaceted portrait of the titular journalist, actor, and
amateur athlete that thankfully maintains a questioning tone rather than
a fawning one. MC: 67 RT: 88%