Movie Diary 8/12/2013

Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, 2013). To call this movie assured doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a place to start. It might’ve been released too early in the year, but the awards season would seem to beckon.

The Wall (Julien Pölsler, 2012). A rather well-managed “Twilight Zone” vibe prevails in this adaptation of a well-known Austrian novel; Martina Gedeck gives a heroic performance – nearly by herself, except for the simpatico work from a rather remarkable dog. (full review 8/16)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Lee Daniels, 2013). A real minefield of possible mess-ups, but give the movie credit for sidestepping quite a few of them – and compared to Daniels’ previous features, it looks like a model of restraint. (full review 8/16)

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