Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Film critic Roger Ebert in
Film critic Roger Ebert in the documentary "Life Itself." Magnolia Pictures
Life Itself Inspiring documentary portrait of Roger Ebert, the famously prolific thumb-slinging movie critic whose life story is the stuff of movies itself - and whose resilience in the face of an 11-year struggle with cancer is nothing short of extraordinary. R

Ida Two women - an orphan raised in a convent, preparing to take her vows, and a hard-bitten former prosecutor and judge - meet in Pawel Pawlikowski's extraordinary film, embarking on a trip across the bleak terrain of 1960s Communist Poland. It's a journey at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable. PG-13

The Immigrant Marion Cotillard is nothing less than amazing as a destitute Pole who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 and falls in with a smooth-talking pimp (Joaquin Phoenix). James Gray (Two Lovers, The Yards) directs. R

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