Movie Diary 1/10/2012

The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd, 2011). Streep’s awesome. (full review 1/13)

Contraband (Baltasar Kormákur, 2012). There is always room for the dumb-but-fun title, and this one has its share of how-they-gonna-get-out-of-this? moments. (full review 1/13)

Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011). If getting you into another zone is the goal, then Wenders has achieved it. If making 3-D come alive is the goal, etc. etc. Hard to think of a better “tribute to a fellow artist” than this. (full review 2/10)

El Sicario, Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi, 2010). A professional killer in a Juarez motel room, sifting through his unsavory past. A strange and compelling film on many levels, including the formal: how do you make a movie of a masked man in a single room? (full review 1/13)

Wednesday night, come by the Naked City Brewery for the “Alien Encounters” talk in a Think & Drink event from Humanities Washington. I’ll be speaking at 7, but the beer flows all night.

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties just keep going, with reviews of an early Ken Burns effort, The Shakers, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

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