The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.
The conundrum this documentary comes up against is, for every still-active 90-year-old Okinawan living on fish and seaweed, there's a 120-year-old French woman smoking Gauloises, drinking wine and eating chocolate.
In theaters this month is a pair of amusing documentaries, an Oscar nominee, and the latest drama from a world-class filmmaker. Any time there are five pictures this good playing on theater screens, I take heart.
Essentially, director Alexandre Philippe has rounded up a herd of fan boys to talk about how much the first three Star Wars movies meant to them and how deeply creator George Lucas has subsequently betrayed them.
Watching a movie like Water for Elephants, knowing that it's not only based on a novel but on a best-selling novel that was all the rage for book clubs, makes me wonder about the book -- specifically, how bad is it?
Winner of this year's Oscar as best foreign-language film, In a Better World is an intriguing examination of the ideas of revenge and forgiveness, but it wraps things up too neatly to be truly compelling.