Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Brendan Gleeson portrays Father James in "Calvary," a whodunit set in the west country of Ireland. Fox Searchlight
Brendan Gleeson portrays Father James in "Calvary," a whodunit set in the west country of Ireland. Fox Searchlight
Calvary Brendan Gleeson stars as a good priest in a bad world - in the beautiful west country of Ireland - in John Michael McDonagh's stormy whodunit. A furious, darkly funny look at the nature of faith, and the nature of man. R

A Most Wanted Man One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is also one of his greatest - as the rumpled, chain-smoking chief of a covert antiterrorist unit in modern-day Hamburg. The actor lives and breathes the role, which sprang from the cool, labyrinthine imagination of John le Carré. A taut thriller, adapted from the 2008 novel, full of tradecraft and quiet terror, with a stellar supporting cast. R

What If Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are great together as platonic best friends who find themselves wondering - increasingly, but hardly ever at the same time - whether the platonic part is such a good idea. Smart, snappy, sweet. PG-13

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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