Movie Diary 3/3/2014

300: Rise of an Empire (Noam Murro, 2014). Can it be a sequel if the action takes place at the same time as the events of the first movie? Whatever the answer to that, the important thing here is that Lena Headey returns from 300 (but too briefly) and Eva Green joins the cast, insofar as this collection of computer-generated tableaux has a cast. You have to sit through scenes of dudes slaughtering each other while you wait for the scenes with Lena Headey and Eva Green, which takes a long time. (full review 3/7)

Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998). Anderson didn’t completely have his game down, but this is still a great movie. Bill Murray’s best performance.

Child’s Pose (Calin Peter Netzer, 2013). A terrifying mother (Luminita Gheorghiu) goes into no-prisoners mode when her slugabout son is involved in a car accident that kills a kid. Done in the slow-watching method of the Romanian Newish Wave, constructed with fine observations that build to a quietly devastating ending. (full review 3/7)

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