Movie Diary 5/18/2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Rob Marshall, 2011). It’s not as complicated as the endless Part 3 of the series, and it does have zombies. Remember, “from the director of Chicago.” (full review 5/20)

Perfect Sense (David Mackenzie, 2011). A sci-fi premise runs beneath this somber love story starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, who would probably populate the Earth with a very good-looking super-race if they were the only survivors of this apocalypse. (Screens at Seattle International Film Festival)

Beautiful Boy (Shawn Ku, 2010). Michael Sheen and Maria Bello learn their teenage son is a school gunman, a situation rendered in handheld digital. (full review 6/17)

The Princess Montpensier (Bertrand Tavernier, 2010). Tavernier goes at this period piece like he’s just getting his second wind as a filmmaker, and there’s no costume-drama corn to be seen. (full review 5/20)

Flamenco, Flamenco (Carlos Saura, 2010). Saura does for Spanish song and dance what he did for the Portugeuse in Fados, which means you need to get in front of this movie and goggle. Vittorio Storaro photographed. (Screens at SIFF)

Finding Kind (Lauren Parkesian, 2010). Documentary about the “mean girls” phenomenon, destined to be shown at high schools and middle schools for some time. (Screens at SIFF)

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties keep rolling with reviews of Cocktail (“I can’t make it with my best friend’s lady!”) and a double on The Sure Thing and Into the Night.