Alicia Vikander pulled off a rare coup two Thursdays ago. That's when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes, and the 27-year-old Swede heard her name - twice. Vikander was nominated in the best actress i
Youth Two old friends, played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, ponder life, love, and loss while they wander around a luxurious Swiss Alps spa. Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty is symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic. With Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, and Paul Dano. R
Symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth - the follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty - takes place in a luxurious spa. The setting is the Swiss Alps, the snowcapped mountains majestic over green fields, the sky a soul-shattering blue. The people coming and going include actors and writers, a pop star and a Buddhist monk, a soprano and a mountain climber, young children, old men.
Hitchcock/Truffaut Essential viewing for anyone who cares deeply about movies and the people who make them. Using audio recordings from a weeklong interview session between the young, upstart French New Wave director and the then-63-year-old Master of Suspense, documentarian Kent Jones brings Hitchcock's genius - and perversions, and dark psychological underpinnings - to life. With commentary from contemporary directors, including Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, and Martin Scorsese. PG-13
It was a meeting of the minds - two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).
In Hitchcock/Truffaut, documentarian Kent Jones builds a celebration - and investigation - of filmmaking around the weeklong interview sessions between a young French director, Francois Truffaut, and Alfred Hitchcock, whose 47th film, Psycho, shattered both the box office and audiences' minds when it was released in 1960.
There is no toil or trouble bubbling from any witch's cauldron in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the one with a brooding Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as his tormented lady, the pair scheming to usurp the Scottish throne.
Beginning in 1920s Copenhagen, The Danish Girl is a beautiful film about beautiful people moving through the art world in beautiful suits and frocks. One of these people, Einar Wegener, a landscape painter of some renown, trades his suit for a frock. He becomes a she, and she - Lili Elbe - is at the center of Tom Hooper's true-life, transgender romantic tragedy.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. A richly informative, illuminating documentary about the art patron, collector, and gallerist Guggenheim, one of the great champions of both the dadaists and surrealists of Europe in the 1920s and '30s, and of the abstract expressionists who came out of New York after World War II. Guggenheim's life was "all about art and love." No MPAA rating
Patron, gallerist, lover, friend, mother, and devoted dog-owner (14 of her Lhasa Apsos are buried in her Venice palazzo garden), Peggy Guggenheim mixed it up with the dadaists and the surrealists in Paris in the 1920s, introduced their bold ready-mades and dreamscapes to the London art world of the 1930s, and championed Jackson Pollock and the abstract expressionists in her hometown, New York, in the 1940s and '50s.