At cinemas: The voices are calling you
While there’s no shortage of English-language-releases currently at cinemas, whether or not you’ll find any of them intellectually stimulating is another matter. This is the criteria cherished actor Bill Murray applies to his process of selecting new projects, and his latest film, St Vincent, is top of the list this week. A typically belligerent character for Murray, Vincent is a washed-out old man whose sole concern is feeding his three-fold habit of boozing, betting and brothels. A desperate lack of funds lead him to add ‘babysitting’ to his list of credentials. St Vincent is reviewed this week.
Also on release is The Loft in which a group of married men discover a dead body in their secret, communal man cave. The reviews have not been kind. And then there’s The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds as a lonely office worker who, following the advice of his talking pets, pursues a date with a girl at work – but things take a turn for the darkly surreal when she stands him up. With Marjane Satrapi, the director of Persopolis, at the helm, this should be worth a look.
Over at Cinemateket there are several new seasons starting up – of which the most appealing is the one dedicated to 26-year-old Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, who recently enjoyed great success with his film Mommy and has made five films in as many years. The first four are showing here.
There’s also a series dedicated to John Ford, showcasing ten of his best. Many of them feature his favoured collaborator John Wayne, such as The Searchers, The Grapes Of Wrath and My Darling Clementine, which are all screening over the coming week. For the full Cinemateket program, see dfi.dk/Filmhuset.
Finally Huset has a treat for horror fans with its celebration of the German ‘Walpurgisnacht’, which falls on April 30 – the day this paper comes out. Traditionally believed to be the night witches meet on the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, Huset have lined up a ‘Satanic Walpurgis Night Double Feature’ with the haunting The Blonde Witch (1956) at 19:30 and dark drama The Doll (1962) at 21:30. It’s 50kr for one film and 70kr for both. See huset-kbh.dk for details.