ALL ART FILMS ALL THE TIME - Movie of the Week
ALL ART FILMS ALL THE TIME
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
With no major-studio flicks opening this weekend (what, back-to-schoolers don’t go to the movies?), there are only four new pictures in town, and all are so-called “art-house movies,” independents and foreign films — a French-language farce, an urban comic look at marriage, a sexualized period piece and a character tale of a would-be rapper.
“Lost in Paris” (NR, in French with English subtitles). Quirky, married, collaborative French-Canadian filmmakers/actors Fiona Gordon and Dominque Abel’s latest (after the oddball farces “L’Iceberg,” “Rumba” and “The Fairy”) has Gordon as a Canadian librarian summoned to Paris by her aunt, who is being threatened with confinement in a care facility. But when she gets there, her aunt has disappeared, and she loses her papers and money after a fall in the Seine River. So she enlists a homeless man (Abel) to help her find her aunt. Gordon and Abel may be an acquired taste but their films overflow with creative, often hilarious, sight gags. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“I Do … Until I Don’t” (R). This urban comedy suggests that marriage should be a seven-year contract, with an option to renew or opt out, and is told through the lens of a pretentious documentarian (Dolly Wells) as she follows three couples at various stages of their relationships (Lake Bell and Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser, Amber Heard and Wyatt Cenac). Bell also wrote and directed, her second filmmaking venture after “In a World … ” (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Tulip Fever” (R). Alicia Vikander is a 17th century orphan in Amsterdam who is forced into a marriage with an older merchant (Christoph Waltz), which saves her from poverty. But when her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the artist (Dane DeHaan). The title comes from the young lovers’ efforts to join the frenzied tulip-bulb market, which could pay for their freedom. With Judi Dench and Zach Galifianakis.
“Patti Cake$” (R). The title of this darling of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is a nickname for Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald in what critics are calling a starmaking turn), who also goes by “Killa P.,” and is an aspiring rapper looking to break out of her downtrodden life in New Jersey.