Two damaged people whose compatibility seems even unlikelier than today’s Mayan-predicted apocalypse share a superbly evolving bond in “Rust and Bone,” the latest grit-and-grace drama from French writer-director Jacques Audiard. The potentially ridiculous is made engrossing by the director’s tonal mixology and exceptional actors. Read More
There are reasons to quibble about “Little White Lies,” writer-director Guillaume Canet’s coming-of-middle-age dramedy set in lovely seaside France.
For starters: It’s too long, most of the female characters are ill-defined and it’s bogged down by a heavy-handed oldies soundtrack (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, David Bowie) that saps the story’s emotion. Read More
The best acting usually draws on personal experience, and Matt Damon felt right at home playing Mitch, a shell-shocked everyman struggling to shield his daughter from the fallout of a deadly virus, in Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” due Friday. Read More