Weekend Movie Guide: Fairy tales can come true...
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Convincing people to go to a movie theater and see a documentary is a labor of love for me. Folks always protest that they'd rather see something else--something bigger and shinier!--but if they suck it up and buy the ticket for the doc they are invariably happy that they did. This weekend, a truly great documentary unspools in Los Angeles. It's called Young @ Heart and it's about a group of elderly New Englanders who love to sing, well, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, The Ramones, etc. That's right--it's about senior citizens who live to rock. See it.
If you insist on seeing something bigger and shinier then you could probably do worse than Street Kings. For me, it feels like a glossier version of Dark Blue from a few years ago but--hey--I liked Dark Blue. Sagas about corrupt L.A. cops are right in my wheelhouse. Apparently, they are also in director David Ayers' wheelhouse. He wrote Training Day, S.W.A.T., Harsh Times and, uh, Dark Blue so he knows the landscape pretty well. Now if only Keanu could act a little better. At least Hugh Laurie can.