Movie Diary 4/10/2017

The Lost City of Z (James Gray, 2017) and Gifted (Marc Ross, 2017). Well what do you know – it is possible to have intelligently rendered, thoroughly middlebrow fare in today’s Hollywood. In another era one might have made fun of the dullness of the directorial touch in these films, but now they arrive like refreshing sessions of professionalism. Z is a true-life explorer’s tale, partly set in the Peruvian jungle, with Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson as very gaunt trekkers. Gifted does a genius-child tale out of Little Man Tate and Good Will Hunting, with a smart script by Tom Flynn and strong supporting turns by Lindsay Duncan and Jenny Slate (Chris Evans is the nominal star). (full reviews 4/21 and 4/14)