The script doctor is in.
Not Hollywood's usual kind, patching up other people's screenplays. Juan Gallego writes his from scratch, and he's a real doctor, to boot.
Now is the summer of Hollywood's discontent, made inglorious by a run of movies underperforming at the box office.
Style is everything in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, whether it's the clothes women barely wear or their men's silhouetted beatdowns. The town is like a newspaper: black and white and red all over, except this blood is white. Save the reds for what's urgent: a police siren or a looker hooker's lips.
Faith-based films are hot in Hollywood, but a local bishop is "mortified" about what he considers a faith-debasing movie.
The Hindi film industry has a reputation for happy endings and song and dance, but it has its darker side too, as shown in this weekend's release.
Calvary (R) (100 min.) — John Michael McDonagh's bleak movie begins in gripping fashion, in a seaside Irish village where bearish Father James (Brendan Gleeson) hears a chilling confession.
Are You Here (R) (112 min.) — Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner makes a troublesome filmmaking debut, wasting a dream cast for a comedy in a fitful story of family tension, mental illness and corrosive self-absorption. Are you laughing? Not nearly enough for a movie starring Owen Wilson, Zach …
The film version of The Giver is briskly directed in bright, confident strokes, scripted to emphasize its thought-provoking qualities and acted by players "all in" on the future they're portraying.
Movie tickets are expensive, babysitters are tough to find, and theater audiences can be rude.
Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13) (97 min.) — Woody Allen's 44th movie over slightly more years continues his later work's erraticism, with its initial charms gradually blunted by arcane ramblings on faith and romance. It feels like a rush job, needing another draft or two for cohesion's sake, or for Allen to decide …