Hope Springs - 6/10|
Settled, rundown married couple seek guidance to pep things up from a small town counsellor .Meh. Hoped for more, but Carrel's subdued as ever, and TLJ sleepwalks yet again, leaving Streep as the standout. Kills an afternoon, but barely sparkles.
Adore - 7/10
Australian drama, with two lifelong friends living blissfully on the coast. Except one begins an affair with the other's son, only to be replicated in return, sparking massive changes.
Funnier viewed as a confidence battle between Robin Wright and Naomi Watts. Watts is lovely, but the honours go to Wright for being proud to flaunt, forgoing the 'flattering' shots (favoured ? ) by the former. Typically soapish drama, but with the kinky direction, it's considerably darker in tone. Weird but engaging.
Prince Avalanche - 3/10
Ehh.....? "Paul Rudd's salute to Texas road maintenance workers" is the closest description I can think of, that tries far, far too hard to be arty/indie, almost forced past the point somewhat. Follows two workers as they repair a forest road after a huge fire in '88, with 'quirky' dialogue, 'colourful' encounters with strangers, and a helluva lot of 'scenic' pan shots with the empty instrumental of some 'cool' band who scored the film.
Bar one standout performance from 'Moses', and scarce gags, it's a fairly difficult watch.
McCanik - 7/10
SEE WHAT WE DID ?! Don't let the poor title disuade you, as this bleak tale of David Morse playing his favourite, "broken down cop" is pretty decent. Enough twists and reveals as you work through the plot, and Morse revels in a safe role, with decent support from a few faces.