Critics’ picks, May 17–23, 2012
Liam Neeson fights wolves.
1. The Grey
Dir. Joe Carnahan. 2012. R. 117mins. Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo.
Neeson plays a suicidal hunter battling timber wolves, the arctic elements and his own troubled past in Carnahan’s gripping, surprisingly poetic survival movie. Available on demand widely.
Various dirs. 2012. N/R. Approx. 90mins. Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott.
Robert Downey who? Masterpiece’s excellent reboot, with Cumberbatch as the genius detective and Freeman as loyal partner Watson, wraps up its three-episode sophomore season with a killer cliff-hanger. “The Reichenbach Fall” airs Sunday 20 and streams on pbs.org the next day. “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Hounds of Baskerville” are available now at pbs.org.
Dir. Josh Trank. 2012. PG-13. 83mins. Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Ashley Hinshaw.
You’ve seen The Avengers three times already, and the new Batman film doesn’t open till July. Get your interim superhero fix with this found-footage thriller, about three teenagers blessed with telekinetic powers. Available on demand widely.