Matthew Lickona 1 p.m., March 7
My Week with Marilyn
A gossipy peekaboo based on Colin Clark’s memoir as an assistant on the English set of 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl. He has a crush on Marilyn Monroe, who reciprocates voluptuously (this may be mostly imagined), while costar and director Laurence Olivier fumes. Eddie Redmayne is appealing as coltish Colin, and Kenneth Branagh impersonates Olivier rather well. But Simon Curtis’s slight, engaging movie belongs to Michelle Williams. As Marilyn Monroe, her face looks more like Leslie Caron or Brenda De Banzie, but she mixes the famous sizzle with catty, canny vulnerability as a natural star who doesn’t believe in her talent but can manipulate males. She rescues Marilyn from her image as a controlled dummy. Monroe never found completion, but Williams creatively does. With Zoë Wanamaker as Paula Strasberg, as cuddly as a blowtorch. 2011.
— By David Elliott