Aselton’s latest, Black Rock,
raises the stakes yet again. Written by Aselton’s real-life husband Mark
Duplass, the narrative opens as three young ladies — Sarah (Kate
Bosworth), Abby (Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell) — embark on a camping trip
on a small deserted island off the coast of Maine.
Wexler’s groundbreaking quasi-documentary captures the mood of a nation
at high anxiety — a nation increasingly ruptured over an unpopular war
and a seemingly radical counter culture that was bleeding into the
The Newsroom is at once a
high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become
(ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with
“speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused
comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as
clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more
successful Broadcast News).
Steven Soderbergh, despite threats of an
early retirement, continues his relentless pace with the entertaining,
sneakily incisive Magic Mike, the 49-year-old director’s 11th effort
since 2004 and his third in less than a year following the effective
thrillers Contagion and Haywire. (By comparison, his buddy David Fincher
has made nine movies since 1992.)
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his
music — still resonate more than 30 years after his death? That’s a
question director Kevin MacDonald tries to unpack in this
straightforwardly rendered, often fascinating documentary about the
No doubt resuscitated this year for a
brief theatrical (and now DVD) release in advance of star Rooney Mara’s
high-profile role in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
this previously undistributed coming-of-age tale follows the
melodramatic adventures of four friends on the verge of graduation from
an all-girls boarding school in Providence, R.I.
In an interview included among this new
three-disc set’s bonus material, novelist John le Carre calls Alec
Guinness’ portrayal in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy of retired
British spy George Smiley as “mystical.” And that’s the perfect word for
it in this masterful BBC television mini-series from 1979, based on le
Carre’s novel and adapted by director John Irvin. It’s making its DVD
debut timed to the release of a new, theatrical version starring Gary
Oldman and Colin Firth.
Errol Morris makes a welcome return to
the kind of quirky subject matter that marked his early documentaries.
Closer in tone to his lighthearted 1997 film Fast, Cheap and Out of Control than his recent politically driven films (The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure), Tabloid explores the life trajectory of former Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney.