I reviewed the latest from Team Pixar for CT; you can read my take here. Wish I could say that Cars 2 was yet another addition to Pixar’s rather incredible winning streak, but I’m afraid this is squarely a bottom-tier Pixar offering, down with A Bug’s Life and the first Cars. I did like it more than most critics seem to, though– right now, if forced to choose, I would maybe just barely prefer it to the first one– and it definitely offers its share of pleasures, even if it is really nothing more than a good, adequate cartoon.
Rejoice and Shout is a terrific new documentary– out in limited release today– that functions as a sort of whirlwind tour of the 200-year history of black gospel music. The film’s historical perspective is fascinating, and the vintage performances are outright inspiring. You can read my full review of the film here— but of course, I also encourage seeking out the movie itself.
I don’t have time to write about film nearly as much as I’d like to, and, truthfully, I don’t make it to the theater quite as much as I used to. I have seen a couple of films recently that really impressed me, however; the animated Rango is as delightful and inventive a movie as I’ve seen in… dare I say years? I’m completely head-over-heels for it. And I had a great time at The Adjustment Bureau, which is just about perfect as both a thriller and a romance, and better than expected as a philosophical endeavor. Not everything about it works, but I was swept away by its ambition, and by the chemistry between the two leads.
Limitless, opening today, is not nearly as good as either of those movies, but it is still a pretty good time, as far as pure escapism goes. It won’t win any awards, and it’s about as dumb as these things get, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it on some level. My CT review is posted here.