Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Wayne Wang, 2011). As much as critics like to moan about how many car chases there are in movies, sometimes you see something that makes you wish for a good car chase. Produced by Wendi Murdoch, quick-jabbing wife of the owner of the studio. (full review 7/22)
Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, 2002). Enjoyed this the first time ’round; it seems like distinctly minor Spielberg on second view, albeit with a few haunting moments. Tonal issues nag: did the jetpack chase through the apartment have to include the insert of the burgers getting grilled by the afterburn?
In a Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010). Missed this the first time around. Can see why it won the Oscar. Some worrisome indications (the pacing, for instance) that suggest Bier is becoming increasingly aware of doing something important – yet still a strong film with fine performances. Still: beware Stanley Kramer syndrome.
At What a Feeling!, I hark back to a guilty pleasure from the Eighties: License to Drive, starring the Two Coreys.