Scott Marks 3:30 p.m., Dec. 24
Greetings from Tim Buckley
Canonized singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgely) agrees to perform at a tribute to a man he despises: his equally cultish folk singer father, Tim. (Dad OD’d when he was 28, and his son’s drowning at age 30 was ruled an accident.) We follow Jeff as he spends the week before the concert muttering, moping, and, of course, falling in love, but who can resist the adorable Imogen Poots? Meant to endear, Badgley’s melodic, Jim Carrey-inspired meltdown in a record store broke the needle clear off the Cringe-O-Meter. A third act — consisting of zip-zoom coverage of wall-to-wall concert footage — made me eager to hop off the tour bus. Those unfamiliar with the estranged duo’s discographies (my hand is raised) are not likely to walk away from director Daniel Algrant’s meanderingly sentimental mumblecore biopic any the wiser. With William Sadler and Norbert Leo Butz. 2012.
- Rated NR | 1 hour, 39 minutes