~~~~~~~ Upstairs ~~~~~~~
While We're Young
|6:30 & 8:30 each evening|
|1:30 & 4:00 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated R; 94 minutes
Kate Erbland, Film School Recjects (excerpted)
Adulthood is not the answer. Director Noah Baumbach (Kicking & Screaming, Frances Ha) has long had characters who exhibit little interest or ability to just plain grow up, but that doesn’t mean that taking on the trappings of adulthood will suddenly solve the issues of his characters. Being a grown up is just as impossible as refusing to do so, there are just better apartments to act out your angst in.
Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) don’t really fit in with their friends anymore – because everyone around them has gone baby-mad and they remain childless. It’s not for lack of trying, Josh and Cornelia attempted to expand their family before, and it didn’t work out. More than a bit flummoxed by the baby brains all their friends seem to exhibit, the couple decides babies aren’t for them. So where do they fit? The apparently random appearance of a pair of hip twenty-somethings brings something quite unexpected: new friends. Jamie (Adam Driver) is a budding documentarian, his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried) is there for support and would they like to grab some Chinese food with the energetic duo?
Baumbach’s brand of humor is on full display, the first act is so top-loaded with jokes that it almost begs for an immediate second watch to catch up on all the lines the audience laughed over the first time. Still, there’s a mainstream appeal here that the filmmaker has been steadily working towards for years and he’s able to unveil and skewer some sharp truths about both his couples. The result is a fast and very funny send-up of generational disparity and inhibited maturation that never feels cruel or calculated, the kind of film that makes you feel, well, just kind of young again.
Children ~ Under 12......$7.50
Matinees (all seats)......$7.50
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~~~~~~~ Downstairs ~~~~~~~
Academy Award Nominee
Best Foreign Languge Film
Best Foreign Languge Film
|6:00 & 8:15 each evening|
|1:00 & 3:30 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated R; 115 minutes
In Spanish w/subtitles
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (excerpted)
Argentina's nominee for the foreign-film Oscar is wild in every sense of the word. This farce about revenge is feral, ferocious and gut-bustingly funny. Writer-director Damián Szifron hasn't made one film — he's made six, stitched together under one title and sent out to a world that may not be ready.
The opening tale, "Pasternak," is set on a jet where the passengers, strangers all, realize they've all done wrong by a guy named Pasternak. I won't spoil the fun, but this tale is as crazy as anything by Pedro Almodóvar, who co-produced the film.
The comedy takes on darker colors in "The Rats," in which a diner waitress (Julieta Zylberberg) finds herself serving the crook who drove her father to suicide. Ouch! In "Road to Hell," a snotty driver gives the finger to a redneck. Big mistake. "Bombita" stars Ricardo Darín, Argentina's shiniest star, as a demolition engineer who takes on a towing service and the demons of the DMV.
There are few laughs in "The Deal," in which a rich man tries to pay off a gardener to take the rap for his hit-and-run brat of a son. But the fantastic final tale rectifies that. In "Till Death Do Us Part," set at a Jewish wedding to end all weddings, the bride (Érica Rivas, superb) and her cheating groom (Diego Gentile) turn marriage into gladiatorial slaughter. You'll laugh till it hurts. In Wild Tales, that's the point.