Movie Diary 5/30/2012

Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011). If a film is going to be an exercise in style, let it be something like this. Movies are about choosing what to put in and what to leave out, and NWR shows an awfully good sense of what that means in this one.

The Fourth State (Dennis Gansel, 2012). Moritz Bleibtreu goes to Russia and gets a lesson about how journalists are treated, in a blunt-but-effective German thriller. (Showing at SIFF)

The Samaritan (David Weaver, 2012). Samuel L. Jackson ditches the superhero togs and lends his still-formidable presence to a moody little character study, which also functions as a crime picture. (full review 6/1)

At What a Feeling!, a vintage review of Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer’s Candy Mountain.

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