Movie Diary 3/16/2017

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro, 2017). World War II in Warsaw, with Jessica Chastain in the title role, Johan Heldenbergh as the zookeeper, and Daniel Brühl as a German zoologist.  Hard to screw up this kind of thing, and Chastain hits some interesting notes. (full review 3/24)

Buck and the Preacher (Sidney Poitier, 1972). Poitier and Harry Belafonte (and Ruby Dee) in a Western with plenty of racial context. It’s aged pretty well, maybe because the times haven’t changed all that much. Poitier is almost too modest about his own presence in his first film as director; Belafonte gets the flamboyant stuff. Also stars Clarence Muse and Cameron Mitchell.