Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Hot Summer Pics

Sweltering temps make the air conditioned moviehouse an even more attractive place to spend some time. Here's a list of five very cool flicks currently in theaters, plus Online Movie of the Week!

Hot Summer Pics

Movie theaters were invented, of course, as places to gather in a communal manner, to see and hear great spectacle, hilarious comedies, acrobatic action, tumultuous tragedy and remarkable tales of talking pets.

Said venues were also invented for days like these: when the temperature is Saharan, the sidewalks melting, the furnace-blast air wafting with stink. Movie theaters. Air conditioning. Escape. Ahhh.

So, here’s a list of five films that will take you away from the swelter and the smog, playing now at a theater near you. And if the idea of shlepping out anywhere doesn’t appeal, I’ve added a link to the Online Movie of the Week as well.
 
I Am Love -- Luca Guadagnino’s lush melodrama opens with a montage of Milan blanketed in snow. Snow! Remember that stuff? Tilda Swinton stars as a Russian married to an Italian textile magnate, with a trio of grown children and a villa to die for. And then one of her sons introduces her to a young chef, Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), and her whole world becomes alive -- and adulterous, and tragic.
 
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- The chaste yet torrid triangular love thing happening between Bella, Edward and Jacob reaches its summit (literally) during an awkward sleepover in a pup tent in the mountains. Fake snow is falling, and Kristen Stewart displays her thespian prowess by faking frozenness with a succession of shudders, shivers and sulks.
 
Cyrus -- No snow in this one, but Jonah Hill is chillingly funny as a 21-year-old weirdo trying to thwart the romance between his mom (Marisa Tomei) and the affable loser (John C. Reilly) she meets at a party. It’s set in L.A., where the weather is perfect.
 
Get Him to the Greek -- No snow in this one, either, but Jonah Hill is chillingly funny (again) as a record company underling assigned to make sure Russell Brand’s drug-addled rock star gets from London to Los Angeles in time for his gig. With pit stops in New York and Las Vegas, and laughs along the way.
 
Winter’s Bone -- It’s cold in them thar hills – the Missouri Ozarks to be exact – in this gripping adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s thriller about a 17-yearold girl (Jennifer Lawrence) looking for her missing dad, who’s messed up in nasty meth lab business.
 
And the Online Movie of the Week is “Elevated,” a trully creepy suspenser set in a high-rise’s elevator car. Vincenzo Natali, director of the bio-horror hit Splice, currently in theaters, is the perp.  
Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
About this blog

Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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