Don Bauder 4:37 p.m., Dec. 27
Opening this week
Surprise! Scott Marks busts out four stars - four stars! - for The Sessions. The John Hawkes Ascension continues apace.
The big boys this week? Meh. Wreck-It Ralph is racking up plenty of acclaim, but I think it's a really fun universe in search of a story. Still, lots of clever bits and action-packed action. And Flight? Flight is easily the biggest-budget religious picture of the year, a fact that shines through no matter how much boozing, heroin, nudity, or corporate cynicism it slathers on.
I preferred The Big Picture, and not just because of its touching belief in the continued relevance of film photography in the age of the digital camera phone.
In other news: The Other Son. The story of an Israeli and a Palestinian discovering that they were switched at birth sounds incredibly fraught - either a small masterpiece or a nightmare disaster might be expected. Scott Marks finds that it is neither.
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