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fair; Blaze Director Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” paints a sweetly melancholy portrait of a singer-songwriter, the gifted, self-destructive Texas-based Blaze Foley (born Michael David Fuller). Ben Dickey plays him in Hawke’s film. “Blaze” comes closer than most to an honest look at this sort of troubadour and this kind of life. Hawke’s fascinated by the tug of war between artistic freedom and domestic responsibility, and he’s found clever ways to deal with that theme while zigzagging through Foley’s life of music, alcohol, cocaine and women. “Blaze” wouldn’t benefit much, if any, from a few extra million in the budget. It feels right as is. —
The Children Act Emma Thompson plays God with convincing aplomb in “The Children Act,” an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel that fairly bursts with ideas about right and wrong, head and heart, and sense and sensibility. As London judge Fiona Maye, Thompson is all crisp rationality and swift, no-nonsense alacrity. Fiona hears a case regarding a 17-year-old leukemia patient whose Jehovah’s Witness parents are refusing a blood transfusion that he will probably die without. When Fiona goes to visit the boy, she discovers a bright, seductively romantic adolescent who instantly bonds with her. The legal parameters of Fiona’s decision are relatively straightforward; the title of “The Children Act” refers to the court’s responsibility to consider the welfare of minors its paramount concern. But Fiona’s decision forms only one strand of the story’s provocative tangle of motives and misgivings. Once she delivers her verdict, its implications make themselves felt in increasingly unsettling encounters. “The Children Act” is an unmitigated pleasure to watch and listen to, primarily as a showcase for Thompson’s incomparable gifts as an actress.
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Crazy Rich Asians Sweet, guileless Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a New York economics professor, has been dating handsome Nick (Henry Golding). Due back in Singapore for the summer wedding of his best friend, Colin (Chris Pang), Nick is serious enough about Rachel that he invites her to come and meet his family, whom he’s been fairly tight-lipped about until now. It’s not until she finds herself flying first class that Rachel begins to guess why that might be the case. Directed with an exuberantly personal touch by Jon M. Chu from a spirited if uneven script by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, this adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 international bestseller is a tour de force of lifestyle pornography, a slick, enjoyable divertissement and a surprisingly trenchant study of