Critics’ picks, Match 14–20, 2013
The director of A Prophet returns with a leaner, more affecting encore.
1. Rust and Bone
Dir. Jacques Audiard. 2012. R. 120mins. In French with subtitles. Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure.
Cotillard has the showier role as a recovering amputee, but it’s Bullhead star Schoenaerts who really owns this affecting character study from the director of A Prophet. Available on demand widely Tue 19.
Dir. Scott Derrickson. 2012. R. 110mins. Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone.
Familiar but incredibly effective, this grim ghost story plays like J-horror by way of Stephen King. In other words, it’s scary as hell. Available on demand widely.
3. Life of Pi
Dir. Ang Lee. 2012. PG. 125mins. Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall.
Did Lee deserve his Best Director Oscar for shepherding Yann Martel’s 2001 best-seller to the screen? Maybe not, though the middle hour on the life raft is some of the best filmmaking of his career. Available on demand widely.