RZA’s martial-arts fantasy. The return of Bond. PW’s film guy has some sure-bet recommendations.
The title for Michael Haneke’s latest provocation (and Palme d’Or-winner) translates as “love” and, shockingly, he allegedly (sort of) means it. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays an elder tending to his wife (Emmanuelle Riva) as her body decays, washing her ass and other gross but necessary acts. And that, my friends, is love. (Dec. 19)
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds follow-up again rewrites history, though it would have probably been better if its murderous slave played by Jamie Foxx didn’t have to answer to a white master (Christoph Waltz). But as ever, let’s trust QT’s instincts. He knows what he’s doing. (Dec. 25)
Also probably worthwhile: Fish Tank’s Andrea Arnold roughs up Wuthering Heights (Oct. 5). Playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh follows up In Bruges with the super-sized Seven Psychopaths (Oct. 12). Brad Pitt and his Assassination of Jesse James filmmaker Andrew Dominik reteam for Killing Them Softly (Oct. 19). Technofile Robert Zemeckis concentrates on the magic of Denzel Washington with Flight (Oct. 31). Sean Penn has Robert Smith hair in This Must Be the Place, by Il Divo’s Paolo Sorrentino (Nov. 9). Director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley again jet up classic lit, this time Anna Karenina (Nov. 21). Judd Apatow cast Albert Brooks as the dad in This is 40 (Dec. 21). But even that can’t be funnier than either Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy (Oct. 5), featuring Nicole Kidman-peeing-on-Zac Efron action, or Atlas Shrugged: Part II (Oct. 12), whose very existence thumbs its nose at the free market that rejected Part I, which is the season’s best and biggest joke.
Let’s face it: The time for summer lovin’ is over. But hey, who needs to fall in love when there’s so much to love in fall? We've got recommendations for beer & food events, books, concerts, theater and more.
PW's Summer Guide 2014