Movie Diary 11/24/2014

Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2014). Catching up on the 2014 releases I missed. Some stirring things about this black-and-white post-Holocaust story, including an unusual visual approach – perhaps meant to evoke the look of Eastern European films of the early 60s?

Belle (Amma Asante, 2013). A mostly BBC-style take on a true-ish story, buoyed by the excellent performance by Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the role of a biracial woman raised in her father’s moneyed family in the late 18th century.

V/H/S/: Viral (various, 2014). An anthology horror film (the third in this series), with a single worthy segment: a tale from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, in which a scientist discovers his doppelganger on the other side of a laboratory doorway; what’s on the other side appears to be identical to his world, but it’s so, so much weirder. (full review 11/28)

Penguins of Madagascar (Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith, 2014). The penguins take over. It might not be quite as nonstop zany as the last Madagascar movie, but lots of goofy moments nonetheless. (full review 11/26)

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