Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
The Bling Ring
In 2008, a group of bored SoCal teens — some well-off, others less so — started getting their kicks by breaking (actually, walking) into various minor celebrities' homes and stealing their clothes, their shoes, their jewelry, and even their accessories. This is a filmed re-enactment of that. Director Sofia Coppola seems to believe that empty, boring lives require an empty, boring film. (The kids onscreen get cocaine pick-me-ups, the lucky so-and-sos.) The dull young things are pretty enough - though star Emma Watson never quite relaxes into character - and somewhere near the middle there is an arresting long shot of two thieves at work inside a glass house on a dark hillside. Other than that, it's a slow trip to the inevitable, intercut with Facebook posts and singalong car rides. You'll have to provide your own searing commentary on the semipermeable membrane of American fame. 2012.