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Friday, August 30, 2013

Wong Kar-wai! Kristen Bell! Booze! It's This Week's Mercury Film Section!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

THE GRANDMASTER At last, a worthy follow-up to Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.
  • THE GRANDMASTER At last, a worthy follow-up to Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.

THE LIFEGUARD Kristen Bell gets mopey in this drama about a 29-year-old who acts like she's still in high school. Weirdly, it does not take place in Portland.

AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS "All art aspires to the condition of music, said the 19th century English essayist Walter Pater," writes Charles Mudede, who notes that Ain't Them Bodies Saints is "a sad song, and a solid movie." Mudede!

DRINKING BUDDIES A film that, Alison Hallett notes, "poses the eternal question: Is it possible to be 'just friends' with Olivia Wilde?" Having not seen this film, but having seen several other films starring Ms. Wilde, allow me to humbly suggest an answer: NO.

CLOSED CIRCUIT "It's a perfectly adult, and sort of square, night out at the movies that has the good sense to raise all the right questions about the security state," says Paul Constant. Hey, remember when Eric Bana played the Hulk? It would be cool if there was a twist ending at the end of Closed Circuit and it was this: HULK!

GETAWAY Wow, this movie sounds awful.

AUSTENLAND Holy shit, this movie sounds even worse.

THE GRANDMASTER Wong Kar-wai's long-awaited film about Ip Man arrives... in somewhat edited form. Show 'em how it's done, Tony Leung.

There's more, as ever, in Film Shorts—including reviews of Rewind This! and Low: Movie - How to Quit Smoking—and here are your Movie Times.

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