In this week’s Village Voice film section, we see Joel Kinnaman (best known as street-wise Detective Stephen Holder the U.S. version of homicide procedural The Killing) twice: He gets the title role in the RoboCop redux and plays a “Gatsby-esque” semi-gangster in Easy Money: Hard to Kill. We also have a review of The New Black, a doc about gay marriage from an African-American perspective, and an interview with its director, Yoruba Richen.
There’s also the usual slate of Valentine’s Day fare, some of which is surprisingly moving and might be just what you’re looking for. Our critics liked best this week: Adult World (Emma Roberts and John Cusack) and Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian (Benicio Del Toro as an alcoholic, shell-shocked WWII veteran prone to debilitating headaches and sight loss).
Now, onto the movies:
First, this week’s Critics’ Picks. (Click on the link to read the full review by Voice writers.)
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Think you’re special? See Adult World.
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Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian is an oddly absorbing procedural.
The gentler new RoboCop is limited only by focus groups.
Is the 1987 RoboCop‘s ED-209 the greatest badass robot in the movies?
The New Black: In the fight for marriage equality, black people aren’t the problem.
In our interview with The New Black Director Yoruba Richen on gayness in black life, she sums it up as a “difficult conversation.”
British horror-comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything feels forced rather than funny.
The Returned is a zombie movie with brains.
A pulpy caper, Down and Dangerous is 85 minutes of cheap thrills.
Easy Money: Hard to Kill is accidentally fascinating.
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About Last Night: Hilarious sex-talk romance trumps one of its predecessors.
Endless Love earns its title the bad way.
Winter’s Tale is pretty and not not much else.
How does Lucky Bastard manage to be so good?
1968’s Je t’aime je t’aime returns to the big screen at Film Forum.
Beijing Love Story is yet another romantic dramedy whose worldview is wholly informed by other movies.
No, not even nudity can save the lethargic Girl on a Bicycle.
And if you’ve seen Frozen — or even if you haven’t — here’s why you should show it to the little girls in your life:
The triumph of Frozen, the first Disney Princess Movie about girls rather than for them.
Finally, a review from Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who’s at Berlinale:
In Order of Disappearance feels like a Tarantino picture (Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this week.)
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