Movie Diary 6/30/2009

Captain Abu Raed (Amin Matalqa, 2007). Accessible arthouse number with a mainstream soul, agreeably assembled by Jordanian-American Matalqa. Main character is an airport janitor, mistaken by children for a much-adventured airline pilot; he’s pulled into a protective situation, Slingblade-style. (full review 7/3)

Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009). Sam Rockwell tour-de-forces his way through this slight but sturdy variation on an old sci-fi situation: he’s an astronaut stationed alone on the moon, who begins to notice some extremely odd things about his mission. (full review 7/3)