Movie Diary 6/25/2014

Life Itself (Steve James, 2014). Many things to like about this profile of Roger Ebert, even if its emphases are oddly placed. Stray detail: how music pops up at key moments (at one point a literal life-saver during Ebert’s battles with cancer). One scene has Ebert submitting to an uncomfortable hospital procedure–but not before exasperatedly insisting that he at least be able to hear “Reelin’ in the Years” while they’re working on him. A very human portrait. (full review July 4)

Begin Again (John Carney, 2013). I get that the story is familiar and all that. But the feeling for music is deep, and Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine lead a very engaging ensemble. Carney directed Once. (full review 6/27)

Earth to Echo (Dave Green, 2014). If I say this movie made me feel nauseated, it is not necessarily a reflection on the subject. But the shaky-cam of a found-footage picture can be too much at times. It’s about kids who discover a cute metallic alien. (full review 7/2)

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