|6:30 each evening|
|1:30 matinees Sat & Sun|
|8:15 each evening|
|4:00 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated R; 82 minutes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Lily Tomlin works miracles. She's comedy royalty whose best films (Nashville, The Late Show, All of Me, I Heart Huckabees) always cut deeper than a smile. But no Oscar. Maybe Grandma will do the trick. It's a Tomlin tour de force.
Don't get any ideas that Tomlin, 75, is playing some sweet old dearie fighting senility or terminal illness. Writer-director Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) plays to her strengths. As Elle Reid, a celebrated poet with a mouth on her, Tomlin takes on the world like the hypocrisy pit it is. Her longtime lesbian lover has died, and she's just shown the door to a new, younger version (Judy Greer). That's when Elle's teen granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), announces she's pregnant.
The film, a scrappy delight, is a no-bull hunt for "a reasonably priced abortion," bringing broke Grandma in contact with the baby daddy (Nat Wolff, a hoot), Sage's mom (Marcia Gay Harden, wow) and Karl (a superb Sam Elliott), a love from Elle's past. Each encounter opens up feelings that Elle can't laugh off. Tomlin, the sorceress, leaves you dazzled and devastated.
Rated PG-13; 114 minutes
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter (excerpted)
The turbulent life of Bobby Fischer – arguably the greatest, definitely the most famous, chess player of all time – has already been the subject of an insightful documentary. But it’s never been recreated on screen, which is what writer Steven Knight and director Edward Zwick (Glory, Legends of the Fall) have done in Pawn Sacrifice, a classically helmed biopic that benefits from handsome craftmanship and solid performances by Tobey Maguire as the Brooklyn boy wonder, and Liev Schreiber as his longtime Russian nemesis, Boris Spassky.
You don’t have to understand the rules of chess to admire the genius of Fischer, who began playing at age 6 and quickly rose to the top, his career culminating in the breathtaking contest with Spassky at the 1972 World Chess Championship, after which he disappeared from the public eye and descended further and further into madness.
Maguire, who impressively channels the chessman’s erratic gestures and penetrating gaze, comes into his own, revealing Fischer’s growing obsession with a man who represents everything he despises: Communism, coolness and a certain comfort in the game. Wearing sunglasses and speaking Russian like a pro, Schreiber is terrific as the reigning Soviet heavyweight, containing all emotion while showing that he’s man enough to respect his competitor, not to mention admire the American way of life.
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The Man in the Machine
|6:00 & 8:30 each evening|
|1:00 & 3:30 matinees Sunday, 10/4|
Rated R; 127 minutes
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer (excerpted)
'When Steve Jobs died, I was mystified," says Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) at the start of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, over a montage of news clips and, yes, iPhone videos of mourners lining up to pay homage at Apple stores around the world. As tearful throngs lay flowers beneath portraits of the Apple cofounder - he died Oct. 5, 2011, at age 56 - Gibney puzzles over how someone who wasn't a pop singer or a civil-rights leader could inspire such an outpouring of emotion, devotion, grief.
Here was this Silicon Valley whiz kid who began his career hacking Ma Bell (he sold Blue Boxes, an illegal device that let people make free phone calls anywhere in the world); who marketed the personal computer with the fervor of a Bible salesman; who quoted Bob Dylan; who, through the ups and downs of his career, treated a number of colleagues and intimates in decidedly unheroic ways. He was a savvy entrepreneur with a keen design aesthetic.
"He created technology that people love," says Al Gore. And that's true enough. Gibney probes and parses the Jobs biography, the revolutionary debuts of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, the transformation of iTunes into a music and video giant, of Pixar into the leader of the animated-film industry. It's an American success story, to be sure. A kid given up for adoption becomes one of the richest, most powerful corporate chieftains on Earth, shifting the paradigms while he's at it.