Playing for Favorite (Weekly Links)

Spunky Hall, Tired Willis: Lay the Favorite

Spunky Hall, Tired Willis: Lay the Favorite

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and etc.

Playing for Keeps. “Wants to tug at the heartstrings. And boy, does it tug.”

Lay the Favorite. “Thin.”

Mekong Hotel. “Noodling around a theme.”

The Comedy. “Desperation courses through every scene in the movie.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about some 2012 movie people who had very good years, comeback-or-career-correction-wise. Sally Field and Matthew McConaughey, for instance. It’s archived here.

Next Thursday, December 13, join us at the Frye Art Museum for the eighth annual Critics Wrap, a gathering of Seattle movie critics engaging in a year-end conversation. We’ll cover the best and less-than-best of 2012 with Kathleen Murphy, Jim Emerson, and Andrew Wright. See the details here, and see you at 7 p.m. (but get there early to reserve a free ticket and enjoy the Frye’s cafe and current exhibitions).

The Q&A I did with film critic David Thomson is being broadcast on the Seattle Channel (that’s frequently channel 21 around here) tonight and tomorrow night, at 9 p.m. both days. Or you can just watch online here.

At What a Feeling!, we round off another week of 1980s reviews with a vintage take on Andrei Konchalovsky’s Shy People.

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