Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Our movie critic's weekend selections

Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens in "The Invisible Woman."
Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens in "The Invisible Woman." DAVID APPLEBY / Sony Pictures Classics

The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens, and directs, in this storm-tossed true romance, about the decade-long love affair between the famous Victorian scribe and a young actress, Nelly Ternan. Felicity Jones has the title role. R

Her The surprise of the Oscar nominations (five, including best picture), with Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely Los Angeleno who may have found true love - in the disembodied voice, and consciousness, of his computer's new operating system. A near-future meditation on intimacy and isolation, connection and the disconnect of new technology, from writer/director Spike Jonze. With Scarlett Johansson's voice, and Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt. R

Inside Llewyn Davis The snub of the Oscar nominations (sigh), starring Oscar Isaac (snubbed!) as a hard-luck troubador on the folk scene of early '60s Greenwich Village. The Coen brothers' sublime odyssey to nowhere is a story of artistic struggle, and of the crushing beauty that can be wrested from a song. With Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman - and with many a dark, twisted laugh along the way. R

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