Movie Diary 11/29/2022

She Said (Maria Schrader, 2022). If you’re going to make a serviceable, conventional account of the New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s ugly world, it helps if you have great actors filling out the parts, from Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan in the lead roles to Jennifer Ehle and Samantha Morton in five-minute knockout parts to reliables like Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier, and Patricia Clarkson doing their things. This movie has them.

Barbarian (Zach Cregger, 2022). I would like to jump on the bandwagon that applauds this twisty horror picture, and there is much to like about it, including just about everything that involves Justin Long’s character, a Hollywood actor-bro whose world abruptly implodes thanks to his own abusive behavior. (And, as it turns out, his overly hands-off approach to a rental property he owns in Detroit.) I think the movie takes too long to get to his thread, as we dawdle at the Detroit house, where a woman (Georgina Campbell) checks into her Airbnb place only to discover a nervous man (Bill Skarsgard) already there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s effective, although maybe not quite as clever as it thinks it is.