The Friday movie scene for film lovers is again a decent one. Sadly, "No Country for Old Men," didn't make it to town. But Robert Redford's latest effort, "Lions for Lambs," did. The film stars Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in another examination of the War on Terror. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times writes
, "It tells us everything most of us know already, including the fact that politicians lie, journalists fail and youth flounders. Mostly it tells us that Mr. Redford feels really bad about the state of things. Welcome to the club." Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post agrees
, "But for all its passion and topical currency, the movie plays too often like a college colloquium. And it ends on an unsatisfying note, with each character's choice, whether fateful or fatal, hanging in a confounding limbo of indeterminacy."
"Lars and the Real Girl," starring Ryan Gosling makes its way to Matt Smith's Market Street Cinema
. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal notes
, "When a movie turns out well, the achievement may border on the miraculous; such are the forces arrayed against filmmakers who want to work as unfettered artists. But "Lars and the Real Girl
" crosses the border. It's nothing less than a miracle that the director, Craig Gillespie, and the writer, Nancy Oliver, have been able to make such an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy from a premise that, in other hands, might sustain a five-minute sketch on TV." Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times opines something similar
, ""Lars and the Real Girl" is the darndest thing. Starring Ryan Gosling as the romantically challenged Lars, this is a film whose daring and delicate blend of apparent irreconcilables will sweep you off your feet if you're not careful."