‘Enough Said,’ ‘Rush’ and other new movies, reviewed

September 27, 2013

In this week’s new movies, the late James Gandolfini’s role in "Enough Said" is a hit with Ann Hornaday; the film receives four stars. “Rush,” starring Chris Hemsworth, reveals something about the male ego through its main characters, and “Blue Caprice” depicts the tragic true story behind the D.C. sniper shootings, though the film doesn't dig deep enough, according to Hornaday.


Divorced parents Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) explore middle-age romance in “Enough Said.” (Photo by Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight via Associated Press)

Enough Said” (PG-13) “Like the best romantic comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Holofcener’s film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue ('What the hell is chervil?' Eva snorts after Marianne lovingly gives her fresh herbs from her perfectly un-manicured garden), but also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws.” – Ann Hornaday

Rush” (R) “As much escapist fun as 'Rush' is as an adrenaline-juiced car-race movie, it’s most interesting as a rare depiction of male vanity, how physical attractiveness informs self-worth and potency, and the role beauty — so often the sole purview of women on screen — plays in men’s relationships and personal insecurities.” – Ann Hornaday

Inequality for All” (PG) “…this film avoids the familiar impartial-arbiter mode of documentary filmmaking and adopts a single perspective as its own. (Viewers will not, in other words, hear from any Gordon Gekko types arguing that wealth belongs to those who can take it.) Both films pair bits of biographical color with footage of well-polished lectures, bringing in just enough outside material to make them feel like real movies.” – John DeFore

Blue Caprice” (R) “As admirable as Moors’s oblique style is, though, ‘Blue Caprice’ doesn’t offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise. Muhammad, who was executed in 2009, and Malvo, who is serving a series of consecutive life sentences, remain enigmatic, remorseless figures, their depravity never deeply examined past their emotional problems and psychological ills.” – Ann Hornaday

Don Jon” (R) “The only real down side of “Don Jon” is the extreme vulgarity, especially early on. It’s easy to imagine that some of Jon’s audacious admissions could alienate certain audience members, and it would be a shame if the outrageousness overshadowed the movie’s thoughtful revelations and surprisingly sweet heart.” – Stephanie Merry

Baggage Claim” (PG-13) “There’s so much wrong with “Baggage Claim” — from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadfulWhat’s Your Number” to Talbert’s clumsy, flat-screen directing — that it’s all the more surprising when things go right. But it would be unfair to deny that it doesn’t provide its own modest, sometimes outright hilarious, pleasures.” – Ann Hornaday

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG) “But instead of upping the ante, as so many sequels do, “Cloudy 2” merely gets the band back together — including perky weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), immature bully Brent (Andy Samberg) and Flint’s level-headed father (James Caan) — for a repetitive mission that calls to mind multiple beats from the first movie.” – Sean O’Connell

Metallica Through the Never” (R) “Thanks to wireless instruments, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are highly mobile, and even drummer Lars Ulrich moves around a lot. They interact with other performers in scenarios that appeal to some metalheads’ taste for carnage and destruction. The last staged catastrophe seems rather tasteless, but it turns out to be a clever setup for the back-to-basics finale.” – Mark Jenkins

Haute Cuisine” (PG-13) “Frot manages the tough trick of playing someone who’s both standoffish and likable. Hortense isn’t easily amused or benevolently quirky, the way so many female characters can be. She’s serious, but her passion for recipes and fresh produce proves appealing. "Haute Cuisine" also strays from the typical formula because it’s devoid of a romantic subplot.” – Stephanie Merry

The Trials of Muhammad Ali” (Unrated) “Bill Siegel’s “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” reminds us, though, that the boxer fought significant battles outside of the ring, as well. And in doing so, “Trials” educates casual boxing fans about the unexpected political, religious and social strife Ali encountered — and largely brought upon himself — during a tumultuous time in our nation’s racially divided past.” – Sean O’Connell

You Will Be My Son” (R) “It would be easy to make a movie pitting Paul, the deadbeat dad, against Martin, the long-suffering descendant who deserves his multimillion-dollar inheritance. But director Gilles Legrand, who co-wrote the script, opts for a more difficult and satisfying approach. Paul is unabashedly cruel, but Martin acts insufferably childish.”– Stephanie Merry

Zaytoun” (Unrated) “As the most immediate dangers subside, the film addresses increasingly sentimental concerns: Yoni’s pregnant wife awaits his rescue; Fahed carries an olive sapling his father dreamed of planting near their old house.”– John DeFore

Newlyweeds” (R) “The audience ‘Newlyweeds’ will appeal to most is film buffs who are always on the lookout for bright young things — because this movie has them. The wispy premise of “Newlyweeds,” written and directed by Shaka King, is kept afloat by its attractive, youthfully vital cast (along with some well-timed comic relief by way of some familiar faces).” – Ann Hornaday

Mademoiselle C” (Unrated) “…‘Mademoiselle C’ aims to focus less on who Roitfeld knows and more on who she is circa 2012, when, following her Vogue departure, she set out to launch an artistically ambitious new magazine called CR Fashion Book. But exactly who she is never becomes clear, and that’s the problem.” – Jen Chaney

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