Weekend At The Movies: 10/25-10/27

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This weekend offers at the box office are not as heavy on the Oscar side as the last few weeks, but the entertainment value should still be high. The biggest buzz for Friday’s openings goes to “The Counselor.” The movie boast big stars like Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz and more. The Ridley Scott film deals with a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Also debuting this weekend is “Bad Grandpa” with Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville. The movie follows an 86-year-old Irving Zisman on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy. Here’s a look at the rest of this weeks offerings.

October 25

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The Counselor (2013)

Certificate R 117 min   –   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 66/100 (6 reviews)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Director:

Ridley Scott

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THE BUZZ: The proggiest of Oscar prognosticators are all over Ridley Scott handling a Cormac McCarthy screenplay with a desirable cast that’s so expansive it could barely fit on one of those special pull-out Vanity Fair covers. But to us it looks more like the preferred greasy-popcorn movie of the season.

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Bad Grandpa (2013)

Certificate R 92 min   –   Comedy

Metascore: 54/100 (8 reviews)
86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.
Director:

Jeff Tremaine

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THE BUZZ: Johnny Knoxville is pretty much the only person who can get away with what essentially amounts to a big-screen tribute to Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Certificate NC-17 179 min   –   Drama | Romance

Metascore: 91/100 (16 reviews)
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
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THE BUZZ: The work that has engaged film reviewers all over the world in intellectual debate should have a strong opening weekend in the U.S., though we’re interested to see what the word-of-mouth is over the next week or so; outside of the world of the revered New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis and her contemporaries, it could be received as a somewhat provocative sex drama saddlebagged by its male gaze and interminable length.

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Capital (2012)

Certificate R 114 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 56/100 (9 reviews)
The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.
Director:

Costa-Gavras

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THE BUZZ: A storm of harsh criticism greeted Costa-Gavras’s collaboration with frequent collaborator, screenwriter Jean-Claude Grumberg; the prevailing feeling is that veteran filmmakers created a Eurocentric and flattened-out version of Margin Call. However, it might be worth a watch for comic actor Gad Elmaleh’s first dramatic role.

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Spinning Plates (2012)

93 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 67/100 (7 reviews)
A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners.
Director:

Joseph Levy

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THE BUZZ: Skillfully make food documentaries tend to enjoy a long run in theaters and via your preferred streaming service thanks to word-of-mouth more than anything, and the work seems to expose the incredibly difficult circumstances faces by chefs as business owners. We’re primed for it.

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Bastards (2013)

83 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 69/100 (11 reviews)
Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law’s suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy – though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.
Director:

Claire Denis

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THE BUZZ: Claire Denis will receive a thoroughly deserved lifetime achievement honor at the upcoming Stockholm Film Festival, though this new work was marginalized to a certain degree at Cannes, where it screened out of competition. We will admit the subject matter doesn’t immediately engage us when considering her past work. Co-star Lola Creton, who is introduced in a memorable scene, has already worked with some of the finest European directors at the tender age of 19.

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