Weekend Movie Guide: The bad, the ugly and the good
After the disaster that was Evan Almighty, Steve Carell seems to have recovered (albeit slightly) with Dan in Real Life. Carell stars as a widower who inadvertently falls in love with his brother's girlfriend--hey, who fucking hasn't?! Celebrated French hellcat, er, actress Juliette Binoche stars as said girlfriend (which is good). Dane Cook is the brother, though, which is bad. Which is awful. Which sucks so hard there's no way I'm seeing this movie.
I've always been torn about the Saw series. On one hand, I'm happy that a great character actor like Tobin Bell finally has a franchise to call his own. On the other hand, I think the movies sort of suck. I mean, if I want to watch torture porn I have plenty of home video of my boyhood piano recitals. Anyway, it's Halloween weekend so another Saw episode is on the way. If I go, it's mostly because of Betsy Russell.
Control is receiving some of the best reviews of the year with many singling out the performance of relative newcomer Sam Riley. Shot in lustrous black and white, Anton Corbijn's film explores the tragically short life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. While the story is as old as Chatterton, it finds new freshness thanks to the marvelous technique of Corbijn and his crew. If you see only one movie this weekend, this should be it.