Movie Diary 12/22/2014

Rocks in My Pockets (Signe Baumane, 2014). At first it comes on like a very recognizable animated feature, with hip, non-Disney, but just as damn cutesy imagery. But then Baumane’s personal narrative about mental illness in her Latvian family history becomes a much odder proposition, not least because the director’s own looping narration is constantly arresting. (full review 1/2)

Calvary (John Michael McDonaugh, 2014). Unquestionably a strong film, but maybe a little too insistent in laying out its points. But Brendan Gleeson is the man, of course.

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