Movie Diary 6/1/2017

Megan Leavey (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2017). Tru-life story about a military bomb-sniffing dog and its trainer (Kate Mara). Don’t look for many complicating factors in this inspirational tale, but the dogs are handsome. By the way: Could nobody come up with a better title than to use the full name of the real person involved? That’s not even trying. (full review 6/2)

A Master Builder (Jonathan Demme, 2014). Demme served as film director for one of those long-duration experimental-theater projects by Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, in this case an intimate take on the Ibsen play. An odd movie of an odd play, shot mostly in close-up. It includes a standout performance by Julie Hagerty in an extremely serious role.