In the Catbird Seat/Joe Kirkish
Rogers Cinema is kind enough to send a brief list of our Mall movies for the month of October, subject to some changes along the way, of course:
Oct 4: “Gravity” a medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Oct 11: “Captain Phillips” The true story of a captain and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
Oct 11: “The Fifth Estate” A dramatic thriller based on real events, revealing an expos of the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21stcentury’s most fiercely debated organization.
Oct 11: “Machete Kills” The US government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.
Oct 18: “Carrie” the “re-imagining” of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at the senior prom.
Oct 18: “Escape Plan” When a structural-security authority finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed, he has to use his skills to escape and find out who framed him.
Oct 25: “The Counselor” A lawyer finds himself over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Oct 25: “Jackass: Bad Grandpa” 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with his 8-year-old grandson, Billy.
Just to partially complete the round-up of movies soon available from rental sources:
“Don Jon” a satiric view of a self-confident Jersey stud who constantly watches porn and picks up any good-looking girl he can find at a local club.
“I?Used to Be Darker” a lissome young woman from Northern Ireland, pregnant and alone, flees to her aunt and uncle’s Baltimore home, which she finds in turmoil.
“Salinger” a long portrait of the reclusive writer of “Catcher in the Rye,” as he tells his story with the kind of emphasis and iteration that might be considered excessive.
“Thanks for Sharing” sex addicted professional white male New Yorkers either have too much sex that they want to stop, or haven’t had sex and would very much like to start brings them together in hugging-friendly groups with the unquenchable desire not to shut up about it.
Wadjda the first feature directed by a Saudi Arabian woman, made with lightness and grace, about a girl of 10 or 11 who seeks freedom whenever and wherever she can.
“Blue Caprice” about the man who terrorized the greater D.C. area in the fall of 2002 with a series of murderous sniper attacks.
“Mother of George” cultural clash between the old and new, beginning with a gorgeous and dignified indigenous wedding of Nigerians living in Brooklyn between the demands of African tradition and the pull of American individualism.
“Adore” sexy doings on the Australian coast, as parallel love affairs blossom between two friends and their almost-grown sons.
“Closed Circuit” a slick, tasty slice of nonsense from Britain in which former lovers and lawyers are charged with defending an accused terrorist amid reams of paperwork, courtroom dates and escalating gender complications.
“Il Futuro” a shape-shifting Italian tale of two newly orphaned teens and the men who would spy on them, plays with our eyes even more than our minds.
“Passion” – a slick, breathless and silly movie but also kind of fun about a global advertising firm whose office power games spill over into sex, betrayal and murder.
“Populaire” – a likable French romantic comedy about speed-typing contests in the late 50s an airy ball of fluff, art-directed to the hilt, with a charming cast.
“Short Term 12” a heartache of a film played by a very fine cast who portray young, lost people hoping to be found.
“Una Noche” a drama about three teens who flee Cuba on a homemade raft bound for Miami; it surges with a vitality so palpable that, for its duration, makes you feel you are living in their own skin.
“Drinking Buddies” a loose, insightful romantic comedy in which the problem of male-female friendship arises between workers at a Chicago microbrewery.
“Fire in the Blood” a documentary about an urgent and shameful subject: the milllions of Africans who have died because they cannot afford the anti-retrovial drugs that could have saved their lives.
“One Direction:?This is Us” an introduction to the British/Irish boy band called “One Direction,” in which the focus is on their concert performances rather than the group’s individual personalities a crowd pleaser for people who enjoy this sort of thing.
Note: Finlandia’s Nordic Film series begins again today, then each Thursday at 2 & 6pm, at the Heritage Center: 487-7549.
Rotten Tomato average: “Gravity,” A-