Dallas Buyers Club
|6:30 & 8:45 each evening|
|1:30 & 4:00 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated R; 117 minutes
Glenn Summi, NOW Magazine (excerpted)
Matthew McConaughey is triumphant in this remarkable performance as Ron Woodroof, a hard-living, straight Texas electrician who became an unlikely AIDS treatment activist in the mid-'80s after being diagnosed with HIV and told he had 30 days to live. He hits upon a scheme of importing a cocktail of drugs - unapproved in the U.S. - first from Mexico, then from other countries. He sells them to other AIDS patients, whose lives are then extended, and transforms from a hard-living, homophobic redneck to a man of compassion and purpose, fighting the FDA to get the drugs allowed.
McConaughey, his body emaciated, is almost unrecognizable, but his charm and passion shine through, and he's given lots of support from Jared Leto, whose dignified transsexual Rayon provides a lovely contrast to Ron, and to Jennifer Garner's concerned doctor.
Blue is the Warmest Color
|4:00 & 7:15 each evening|
Rated NC-17; 180 minutes
In French w/subtitles
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly (excerpted)
Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a pouty high schooler whose fumblings with a handsome classmate leave her listless. It's not until she locks eyes with azure-haired art student Emma (Léa Seydoux, spectacular) at a crosswalk that the proverbial thunderclap strikes. Their love affair blossoms and burns over the next three hours, interspersed with vérité scenes of everyday life in the classrooms, bars, and galleries of the women's intertwined lives.
Yes, this is the "French One With All the Lesbian Sex Scenes". And oui, they are as graphic as you've heard. It's impossible not to talk about those bits, or debate the intentions of its male director — but the most explicit organ in Blue Is the Warmest Color, believe it or not, is the heart. The camera work is so close it feels almost subdermal, and Adèle sometimes falls into an especially French kind of erotic cliché: the feral woman-child who is all id, appetites, and Gauloises smoke. But Blue's raw portrayal of infatuation and heartbreak is both devastating and sublime. It's unforgettable.