While the end of August is usually sleepytime for the cineplexes, we’ve got an atypically lively weekend here in Arkansas.
Danish thriller The Hunt — which Philip Martin says is an “unsentimental but heartbreaking … movie for grown-ups … that it describes a world that exists rather than the world as we would wish it or the world as a gaming system might render it” — and Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts epic The Grandmaster ( which is “closer in tone to an art movie, an exercise in pure cinema, than it is a chopsocky extravaganza”) are among the best films to hit theaters this year. And Piers Marchant previews the Toronto International Film Festival, which he’ll be covering for us next week.
Poor Dan Lybarger gets stuck with babysitting duties, as he reviews Morgan Spurlock’s 3D British boy band documentary One Direction: This Is Us. And, on our blood, dirt & angels blog, you’ll find reviews of the coming of age comedy The Spectacular Now, interviews with Closed Circuit stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as well as a review of the film, a feature on the makers of You’re Next and other stuff we simply didn’t have room for in the newspaper this week.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full reviews.