Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Lincoln' & 'Skyfall' Will Have 'A Royal Affair' In Theaters

The Playlist By Emma Bernstein | The Playlist November 9, 2012 at 4:56PM

With Washington’s elections concluded, we cinephiles can now return our focus to the much more critical campaign ahead of us: the race toward the Oscars. Steven Spielberg releases his bait this weekend in limited release, a number of festival darlings (and stinkers, incidentally; but, hey, everything needs a little balance) hit the big screen, and one of Hollywood’s most time-tested blockbuster franchises gets its 23rd installment. Get your voting cards ready, folks!
1
Lincoln Skyfall A Royal Affair

With Washington’s elections concluded, we cinephiles can now return our focus to the much more critical campaign ahead of us: the race toward the Oscars. Steven Spielberg releases his bait this weekend in limited release, a number of festival darlings (and stinkers, incidentally; but, hey, everything needs a little balance) hit the big screen, and one of Hollywood’s most time-tested blockbuster franchises gets its 23rd installment. Get your voting cards ready, folks!

Skyfall.” Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes. Our review: “Mendes gets a lot more right than he gets wrong, and in the process has found a confident new identity for the franchise -- not afraid of its past, but not chasing its competitors or being scared of the future either.” Metacritic: 82 Rotten Tomatoes: 93% The Playlist: B+

Lincoln.” Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, and approximately 3,429 other pretty big names. Our impression of the cut shown at NYFF: “ ‘Lincoln’ has its moments and is replete with talent, but in its current state, it could use a lot more finessing before it's delivered to the screen in full.” MC: 88 RT: 93%

Mikkelsen Royal Affair

A Royal Affair.” Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard. Danish, with subtitles. Our review: “It's handsome to look at, well-acted and occasionally threatens to bursts the banks of the genre, but for the majority of its long running time, it really is just a comfortably-rendered period drama.” MC: 71 RT: 88% PL: B

The Comedy.” Directed by Rick Alverson. Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Warheim, James Murphy, and Kate Lyn Sheil. Our review: “It's a meaty film, filled with ideas unobscured by any generic narrative string, a move that shows not only the confidence of the director but his respect of the audience.” MC: 73 RT: 82% PL: A-

Citadel

Citadel.” Directed by Ciarán Foy. Starring Aneurin Barnard, Wunmi Mosaku, and James Cosmo. Our review: “In the end, ‘Citadel’ makes you feel too lousy to really work as a cathartic horror experience, and its icky politics keep it from being anything more than a late night curio.” MC: 58 RT: 57% PL: C-

Chasing Ice.” Directed by Jeff Orlowski. Recording the effects of climate change in the Arctic, this documentary is at once gorgeous and terrifying. MC: 81 RT: 100%

Nature Calls

Nature Calls.” Directed by Todd Rohal. Starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Maura Tierney, and Thiecoura Cissoko. Our review: “Somehow both curdled and undercooked, this film feels like a curiosity more than anything -- and even with Oswalt and Knoxville's star power, it's likely neither to attract an audience nor hold their attention.” MC: 31 RT: 7% PL: D

In Their Skin.” Directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal. Starring Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D’Arcy, and Rachel Miner. A procedural thriller weighed down by a political undercurrent that proves too sophisticated for the expected and inadequate storyline. MC: no score yet RT: 57%

28 Hotel Rooms

28 Hotel Rooms.” Directed by Matt Ross. Starring Marin Ireland and Chris Messina. Our review: “While there is honesty in this, is there truth? Or is it merely another indie picture where actors, writers, directors and crew get together to simulate our worst traits as human beings?” MC: 41 RT: 60% PL: D

Starlet.” Directed by Sean Baker. Starring Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, and James Ransone. Our review: “ ‘Starlet’ is an interesting effort from indie filmmaker Sean Baker (this is his fourth feature), and signals the arrival of Dree Hemingway as one to watch.” MC: 76 RT: 85% PL: B

Dangerous Liaisons.” Directed by Hur Jin-ho. Starring Jang Dong-gun, Zhang Ziyi, and Cecilia Cheung. Mandarin, with subtitles. This (umpteenth) adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ novel sports luscious period-piece production design, but features a narrative that’s as soapy and shallow as a bubble bath. MC: 61 RT: 64%

Coming Up Roses.” Directed by Lisa Albright. Starring Bernadette Peters, Rachel Brosnahan, and Peter Friedman. An assembly of earnest performances, with Peters a particular standout, is marred by the film’s severe lack of plausibility. MC: 40 RT: no score yet

This article is related to: Skyfall, Lincoln, The Comedy, Citadel, Nature Calls, A Royal Affair, 28 Hotel Rooms, Dangerous Liaisons, In Another Country


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates