"Rich white guy loses all his money" is probably a really compelling pitch to other rich white guys. Cue shirtless rich dude staring bleakly into his bathroom mirror: "What if all this money is keeping me from living an authentic life?" Etc. ALISON HALLETT Laurelhurst Theater.
See My, What a Busy Week! Academy Theater.
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll
A documentary focusing on the Cambodian music industry. Presented by Mississippi Records. Hollywood Theatre.
It's not as if the themes explored in Ex Machina are new—from Asimov to Blade Runner, we've pondered them before—but they're handled here with a depth and intelligence that gives them jarring impact. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
Far From the Madding Crowd
I've never read Thomas Hardy's book (am I right that it's dry?) and I'm glad I didn't bother; the movie is fully satisfying. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters.
Filmed by Bike
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.
Ethan Hawke reteams with Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol for a sparse, dark look at drone warfare. Formerly a fighter pilot, Major Thomas Egan (Hawke) now sits in an air-conditioned trailer, blowing away Muslims using little more than a joystick. As the CIA and his war-weary commander (Bruce Greenwood) order him to carry out strikes that seem increasingly like war crimes, Egan has to deal with both his conscience and his shut-out wife (January Jones). It's worth noting that Niccol based Good Kill's drone strikes on actual accounts; few narrative films burn with as much righteous, justified anger as this one. Niccols' film can feel preachy and stilted (not for nothing is Egan's suburban home shot from the same birds-eye perspective used by Egan's drones), but Hawke's performance and the real-world ramifications make Good Kill hard to forget. ERIK HENRIKSEN Cinema 21.
Grindhouse Film Festival
Suspiria is a film so beautifully filthy and affecting that its mere name causes an excited discomfort to rise through the spine of hardcore film fans. This month, the Grindhouse Film Festival showcases Dario Argento's 1977 classic in 35mm. Hollywood Theatre.
Short documentaries made by students in the NW Documentary Workshop. More at nwdocumentary.org. Clinton Street Theater.
Women are funny! Just not in Hot Pursuit. COURTNEY FERGUSON Various Theaters.
It's never productive to compare the movie you saw with the movie you wish you'd seen, but it's impossible to avoid in the case of Hysteria, which promises an irreverent historical farce about handjobs and vibrators—then delivers a prudish, preachy love story. ALISON HALLETT Hollywood Theatre.
Insurgent doesn't do much to catch you up on what happened in Divergent, the series' first installment. As the film opens, Tris (Shailene Woodley) has cut her hair because she's emo now. Four (Theo James) makes fun of her for cutting her precious feminine hair and everyone in the theater has a good chuckle. SUZETTE SMITH Various Theaters.
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
Charlie Chaplin's first full-length film is a highly successful blend of comedy and pathos. NED LANNAMANN Fifth Avenue Cinema.
Mad Max: Fury Road
A brutal, beautiful, two-hour action overdose that's injected with a surprising, if welcome, feminist bent. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
A Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart. No, not that one. Not that one either. The other one. With Doris Day. You know, the remake of the original The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was also a Hitchcock movie. And you guys think Hollywood is reboot crazy now. Laurelhurst Theater.
Director Guy Maddin's quasi-silent film oeuvre isn't for everyone: His overbearing clichés, old-timey ways, and obsession with pseudo-sexual material drive a lot of people up the wall. But My Winnipeg is a "documentary" littered with half-truths and bald-faced lies—and it is a thing of beauty and humor, and easily his most accessible film to date. COURTNEY FERGUSON Fifth Avenue Cinema.
Pitch Perfect 2
Anna Kendrick smells of chocolate-chip cookies and lemon verbena. COURTNEY FERGUSON Various Theaters.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
POWFest's film series, featuring films "made by women that address issues of gender equality and the varied nature of women's lived experiences." This month: India's Daughter. Clinton Street Theater.
Roughly a cross between the movie the Grizzly Man from Grizzly Man might've made and your mom's emails about her cat. VINCE MANCINI Hollywood Theatre.
Shake the Dust
A Nas-produced documentary about breakdancing and its effects as an art form in countries around the world. Clinton Street Theater.
See review this issue. Cinema 21, On Demand.
See review this issue. Various Theaters.
While We're Young
Noah Baumbach takes what could have been Look at These Fucking Hipsters: The Motion Picture and transforms it into a hilariously sharp look at the generation gap. ANDREW WRIGHT Cinema 21, Kiggins Theatre.
MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT. Theater locations are accurate Friday, May 22-Thursday, May 28, unless otherwise noted. Movie times are updated daily and are available here.