Movies: October 18, 2013 |


Movies: October 18, 2013

Capsule reviews of ''Enough Said,'' ''Gravity,'' and more

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
A slice-and-dice teen body-count flick whose whiplash twist ending is too little, too late. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) CChris Nashawaty

Argento’s Dracula 3D
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 46 Mins.
Entertaining kitsch. The mood is pure Hammer Films horror: the writhing bosoms, the blood smeared like tomato sauce across the mouth of Dracula, played by Thomas Kretschmann with a benign haircut but lots of zest. In the age of the designer vampire, Dario Argento rekindles the grandeur of Dracula: When he sinks his fangs, you almost taste how good it tastes to him. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) BOwen Gleiberman

R, 1 Hr., 41 Mins.
A chintzy dud that trashes its subject. Alan Rickman shambles around as Hilly Kristal, the owner of the Bowery dive-turned-legendary punk club CBGB. Too much of the film is devoted to Kristal’s deadbeat style. It’s fun to see actors like Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome (he’s excellent); less fun is Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry (she’s way off). CBGB makes a hash of chronology and never hints at the exciting danger this club possessed. C-Owen Gleiberman

Enough Said
PG-13, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.
James Gandolfini gives a teddy bear performance in this beautifully bittersweet romantic comedy. A-Chris Nashawaty

Escape From Tomorrow
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Surreptitiously filmed at Disney World and Disneyland, this indie family fable turns the famous rides, characters, and theme-park prefabness into a backdrop of wholesome creepiness. Its message — laid on a bit too thick — is that Jim (Roy Abramsohn), a miserable dad hooked on dreams of escape that devolve into nightmares, first learned to live in fantasy at the Magic Kingdom. Heavy! Yet still worth seeing. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) BOwen Gleiberman

PG-13, 1 Hr., 31 Mins.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are U.S. shuttle voyagers lost in space in Alfonso Cuarón’s awesome technological daydream of a movie. AOwen Gleiberman

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
A pair of kids are left to fend for themselves in the housing projects of Brooklyn when the police take away one of their addict mothers (Jennifer Hudson). Anchored by two charming lead performances from youngsters Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon, the story never over-romanticizes their plight, but neither does it fetishize their misery. There’s joy lurking even in its more harrowing moments. B+Keith Staskiewicz