A few not-so-shocking giveaways about this week’s new movie releases, including Justice League and Frank Serpico
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
Stan Herd (John Hawkes of Winter’s Bone) is an “earth artist,” a naïve, likeable hayseed from Kansas who in 1994 transforms an empty New York lot into a sprawling garden sculpture (best seen from the air) before Donald Trump builds a high-rise there. We are spared Trump but get lots of garden labor and fretful lessons in art-as-struggle. Herd’s homeless helpers are played as quaint slices of life. Chris Ordal’s simple film cheats (for budget reasons?) on Manhattan vistas and turns Herd, an actual artist, into a kind of hippie-hokey dreamer who is, in this, dull. 2011.