Critics’ picks, February 21–March 6, 2013
Leos Carax’s critically acclaimed curiosity comes to VOD.
1. Holy Motors
Dir. Leos Carax. 2012. N/R. 115mins. In French with subtitles and English. Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes.
Talking cars, a pop-star cameo and Lavant in the role(s) of a lifetime couldn’t earn Carax’s crazed Cannes favorite much stateside box office. What more do you want, America? Available on demand widely Tue 26.
Dir. Ben Affleck. 2012. R. 120mins. Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman.
It’s no Zero Dark Thirty, but Affleck’s CIA procedural is still a first-rate Hollywood thriller—the best film yet from the star-turned-craftsman. Available on demand widely.
3. Wake in Fright
Dir. Ted Kotcheff. 1971. R. 109mins. Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay.
You may get drunk just watching Kotcheff’s booze-soaked outback oddity, a rare relic that screened at the Siskel last fall and has finally arrived on U.S. home-viewing platforms. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes and VUDU.