This weak adventure insipidly caricatures characters and plots of 30 years of pop culture. It’s mostly as flat as its old-school 2-D animation and rolls by at the residential speed limit with only a meager handful of laughs and thrills along the way.
The report here is good:Tom Cruise in one of the best science-fiction movies in years and definitely the best Philip K. Dick adaptation since Blade Runner (1982).Steven Spielberg gives us a futurist’s view of the logical progression of today’s culture of high-tech marketing and surveillance.
Combining the talents of Gregory Peck and the trials of a small Southern town, the transcendent 1962 classic is part childhood adventure and part courtroom drama; it proved to be a shining paradigm of honor and virtue in the racially turbulent atmosphere of the ’60s. Showing July 7 and 9 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
A soap opera redeemed by its three stars, Second Skin, a Spanish film set in modern-day Madrid, has one of those stories that squeezes as much anguish as possible out of its simple premise. Alberto (Jordi Molla, last seen as Johnny Depp’s unstable drug-dealing partner in Blow) is a successful aeronautics engineer. He has a beautiful wife, Elena (Ariadna Gil), a model son and a dark secret, namely that he’s having an affair with a surgeon named Diego (Javier Bardem).
An element of beauty is part of everything from the marble-topped sushi and yakitori bars to the tatami rooms and conventional tables with settings in shades of blue, green and brown. The full range of Japanese fare offers diners an extensive choice, and service by the courteous, well-dressed staff adds to the stylish feeling of the place. Even beef teriyaki, so often a routine dish, is superb here. This is much more than a typical strip mall eatery.