New movies this week
The gist: Director Alfonso Cuaron's agoraphobic adventure into orbit, stranding astronauts in outer space after an accident destroys their shuttle. The actors' only hope for salvation is docking with an Academy Award after the new year. PG-13
The cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren and Basher Savage.
The buzz: Near-unanimous praise is proof that technology can augment a story that is already a winner thanks to the performances. "At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise," the Hollywood Reporter says.
The gist: A student at Princeton paying for college through online gambling goes to Costa Rica to confront the owner of a website that cheated him, so the guy offers the kid a job. We're going to file the entire movie in the "Things That Never Happen, Ever" folder. R
The cast: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Cooper and Ben Schwartz.
The buzz: Forget for a minute the utter nonsense of the title, this one falls more than a little flat. "Provides the world with very little except some great clips for Ben Affleck's eventual Golden Globe Life Achievement reel," TheWrap.com says.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The festival runs Friday through Oct. 12 at Tampa Theatre, and weekdays only at BayWalk 20 in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10 at the box office ($8 for students; two screenings are free). Multi-access passes ranging from $50 to $500 are available. Visit tiglff.com for more information, or turn to Page 34.
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]