(USA) Directed by Will Gluck. Starring Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson. Category IIB.
(USA) Directed by Lone Scherfig. Starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Rafe Spall, Romola Garai, Jodie Whittaker, Tom Mison. Category IIA.
With two breathtaking leads and an engaging storyline taken straight out of a best-selling novel, “One Day,” on its surface, has all the trappings of a blockbuster. But this drama-filled tale of two star-crossed lovers sounds much better on paper than on a shiny silver screen.
In “Whatever Works,” Woody Allen returns to his hometown of New York after some European dabbling. It’s an archetypal Allen movie, so if you can’t stand urban Jewish-American intellectual cynicism and supporting characters popping up randomly without rhyme or reason, stay the hell away. Indeed, the script might come off as catastrophically archaic to some, as it was written in the 70s. But to those bored of present day Hollywood, this flick is pleasurably nostalgic.
(USA) Do not be put off by the seemingly tasteless premise of a social klutz who apparently loses his mind when he loses his heart to a doll. Screenplay writer Nancy Oliver, who also wrote TV’s Six Feet Under deserves as much credit as director Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) for this bittersweet and sensitive movie that expounds on loneliness, and the different forms love can take.