Take cover from the storm and see these movies this weekend

A critic's job is to say "Hey, look at this!"

A Cure for Wellness: So beautiful that the total lack of cell phone reception is almost tolerable. Pity about the eels, though.
  • A Cure for Wellness: So beautiful that the total lack of cell phone reception is almost tolerable. Pity about the eels, though.

There is no delight in being contrary for its own sake. It's as dishonest a critical move as quote-whore cheerleading. It cries out, "Hey, look at me!" when, of course, a critic's job is to say, "Hey, look at this other thing!" — in this case, movies. But there is something admittedly delicious in finding yourself genuinely happy with a film most folks didn't like — in this case, A Cure for Wellness.


Cure for Wellness 3.0

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It starts with the sumptuous visuals, moves on to the pervasive mood and half-convincing condemnation of modernity, and finally bursts into gruesome, crazy (but not especially gory) violence. What's not to love? Plenty, apparently, but even the film's acknowledged flaws didn't cool my ardor.


Fist Fight 2.0

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As for the revisitation of Three O'Clock High that was Fist Fight, it's probably helped that I had a fun chat with director Richie Keen, and that I find star Charlie Day's particular way of freaking out amusing (if not laugh-out-loud funny). But most others disagreed.


Great Wall 1.0

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And outrage magnet The Great Wall? I don't really get the outrage. Matt Damon plays a selfish Westerner who finds he has much to learn from the Chinese people he seeks to plunder, and while he helps to save the day, he's hardly a White Savior.

It's a better celebration of Chinese culture than it is a movie. They're the future of the industry, though, so I'm sure they'll improve as time goes by. (Yes, that's a joke; I'm well aware that there are already great films coming out of China. Just two examples: The same director's Coming Home was quietly heartbreaking, and his The Flowers of War did more interesting work with the helpful Westerner motif.)


Antarctica: Ice and Sky 3.0

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Scott Marks had a pretty good week, starting (alphabetically and otherwise) with Antarctica: Ice and Sky. ("No, really, kids — the whole continent used to be covered with ice and snow!") And while it's hard to imagine how any Banksy-themed film could improve on Exit Through the Gift Shop, it seems Saving Banksy managed to find an interesting new approach to the slippery street artist. So that's good.


Salesman <em>(Forushande)</em> 3.0

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He also mostly liked (or liked most of) The Salesman, a wraparound remake of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. But he hauled out the dreaded black spot for the anime inaction of Ocean Waves. And after seeing this year's Oscar-nominated short animated films, I'm sort of inclined to agree with his take.

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Day-um, Lick, you mean you actually like something that is currently playing???

I wish the movie reviewer would do a story on how movie theaters accommodate the hearing impaired. My experience has been miserable. Because most movie theaters do not maintain their hearing impaired headphone equipment - headphones, transmitters, audio amplifiers.

We are a second thought. An asterisk in the printed ad.

I have sever hearing loss. Deaf in one ear and a major loss in the other. Blame some of it on loud audio in my car, rock and roll, and swimming ear infections. The result is I cannot enjoy a movie without the headphones. I have spent hours trying t resolve technical problems with theater employees while, I as an electronics engineer bemused by their troubleshooting, become mentally exhausted. I give up, ask for a refund and leave.

Retail..is that what we can call it... Theaters are doomed if they do not adapt to accommodate all customers. With the audio technology I witness today, we are going to have a generation of 'hard of hearing' people. I cannot even imagine the decibels that kids are inflicting on themselves these days.

So theaters have to realize they are losing customers who would visit the big screens if they felt they were welcomed. I'd say I have probably passed up going to a movie theater, instead waiting and watching the move on cable, for 20 years.

Fortunately, my hearing is still pretty good. I've never so much as tried one on let alone watched a movie while wearing an assisted listening device. If anything, I find that a lot of theatres tend to crank the volume to uncomfortable levels. Half the time I wish they turn it down a few decibels.

I was looking around to see if there was a consumer version of an assisted listening device that you could pick up for $100 or so. No luck. But I did come up with this alternative: http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/closed_caption_glasses_movies_regal_theaters_deaf.html

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