Genius Within: The Inner Life of
Glenn Gould A thoughtful, confident, completely engrossing documentary about a cultural figure every bit as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean. Working with a formidable amount of archival footage as well as interviews with the pianist and all the significant figures in his life who are still alive, including many who have never spoken before, the filmmakers succeed in giving us Gould whole. (K.Tu., Sept. 24) (1:49) NR.
Heartbreaker Slick entertainment is rarely as successful as this French romantic farce starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis. Given that Hollywood has all but forgotten how to turn out adult amusements of this type, it’s especially welcome. (K.Tu., Sept. 10) In French with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
Last Train Home The wrenching human cost of the Chinese economic miracle is beautifully explored in an exceptional documentary. (K.Tu., Sept. 17) (1:27) NR.
Never Let Me Go Going defiantly against the grain of a hyperbolic movie culture, this film is passionate about deliberation and restraint. Starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley, the A Team of young British acting talent, and based on the Kazuo Isiguro novel, this moving and provocative film initially unsettles, then disturbs, and finally haunts you well into the night. (K.Tu., Sept. 15) (1:43) R.
The Tillman Story Compelling, compassionate and terribly moving, this potent documentary will make you angry as well as sad. Even if you know what happened to Pat Tillman in broad outline, the specifics are shocking, and being able to actually see the principals and watch as the layers get peeled away like an onion is frankly devastating. (K.Tu., Aug. 20) (1:34) NR.
The Town Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall combine forces to excellent effect in this fast-paced character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck’s reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing. (K.Tu., Sept. 17) (2:05) R.