Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - KAREN MARTIN


(R, 1 hour, 49 min­utes) Anne Hath­away is eye-catch­ing in this weird, won­der­ful and highly orig­i­nal psy­cho-com­edy as un­con­trolled, un­em­ployed party girl Glo­ria who, booted from their New York apart­ment by her boyfriend for bad all-night-bing­ing be­hav­ior, moves back to her home­town.

When the news re­veals that a tow­er­ing mon­ster is mak­ing a mess of Seoul, South Korea, it slowly oc­curs to Glo­ria that she is some­how con­nected to the death and de­struc­tion of in­no­cents and their sur­round­ings. And maybe her self-cen­tered ten­den­cies have some­thing to do with it.

With Ja­son Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nel­son, Dan Stevens.

The Ot­toman Lieu­tenant (R, 1 hour, 46 min­utes) His­tor­i­cally in­ac­cu­rate and cliche rid­den but hand­somely pho­tographed in Turk­ish lo­ca­tions, this is a hand-wring­ing melo­drama about how per­ceived in­jus­tices in the United States dur­ing World War I cause an in­de­pen­dent woman named Lil­lie (Hera Hil­mar) to join an Amer­i­can doc­tor (Josh Hart­nett) at his re­mote med­i­cal mis­sion in the ex­otic Ot­toman Em­pire, where she falls in love with a lieu­tenant in the Ot­toman Im­pe­rial Army (Michiel Huis­man). With Ben Kings­ley, Paul Bar­rett, Jes­sica Turner.

Go­ing in Style (PG-13, 1 hour, 36 min­utes) A charm­ing trio of Os­car win­ners — Mor­gan Free­man, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin — take on the buddy com­edy genre (in this tepid re­make of the ex­cel­lent 1979 film) as three life­long friends who take dras­tic steps to re­place the un­ex­pected loss of their pen­sion funds, tar­get­ing the bank that has made off with their money. With Matt Dil­lon, Ann-Mar­gret, Christo­pher Lloyd, John Or­tiz; directed by Zach Braff.

The Cir­cle (PG-13, 1 hour, 50 min­utes) Even Tom Hanks makes mis­takes, and this medi­ocre and un­sat­is­fy­ing mys­tery is one of them, in which he plays a tech com­pany founder who ex­per­i­ments with re­defin­ing pri­vacy, ethics and per­sonal free­dom. With Emma Wat­son, Pat­ton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Pax­ton, John Boyega; directed by James Pon­soldt.

Sleight (R, 1hour, 29 min­utes) Upon the death of their par­ents, the care of his lit­tle sis­ter falls into the hands of a young street ma­gi­cian (Ja­cob La­ti­more, who de­liv­ers a quiet, flex­i­ble and highly watch­able per­for­mance), whose skill at his craft is called into play when the child is kid­napped by drug mer­chants. With Sey­chelle Gabriel, Sasheer Za­mata, Cameron Es­pos­ito; directed by J.D. Dil­lard.

The Lovers (R, 1 hour, 37 min­utes) A re­fresh­ingly hon­est and dryly hi­lar­i­ous char­ac­ter-driven ro­man­tic com­edy in which a long-mar­ried cou­ple (De­bra Winger, Tracy Letts) who are re­signed to the ut­ter de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of their re­la­tion­ship, to the point that they’re com­mit­ted to new part­ners, sud­denly find them­selves em­bark­ing on a hot new love af­fair — with each other. With Ai­den Gillen, Tyler Ross; directed by Azazel Ja­cobs.

Wake­field (R, 1 hour, 46 min­utes) This med­i­ta­tive story that never quite as­serts it­self in­volves Howard Wake­field (an over­wrought per­for­mance by Bryan Cranston) who van­ishes from the lives of his wife, kids and neigh­bors by hid­ing out in his car­riage house, scav­eng­ing at night and qui­etly ob­serv­ing those around him. Who’s miss­ing who? With Jen­nifer Gar­ner, Bev­erly D’An­gelo, Pippa Bennett-Warner; directed by Robin Swicord.

Open­ing Night (NR, 1 hour, 30 min­utes) Mu­si­cal the­ater fans will likely en­joy this hearty back­stage com­edy in which an un­suc­cess­ful Broad­way singer, work­ing as a pro­duc­tion man­ager, must save a show’s open­ing night by bring­ing to­gether the way­ward paths of a huge, un­ruly cast and crew. With Lau­ren Lap­kus, To­pher Grace, Anne Heche, Taye Diggs, Rob Rig­gle, J.C. Chasez; directed by Isaac Rentz.

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