In Theaters

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 9/11 issue


*Writer-director Ira Sachs updates the Depression-era tearjerker Make Way for Tomorrow for our more materialistic age, one where living beyond your means is equated with living in poverty. Ben and George simply don’t want to leave Manhattan, and for flimsy reasons that the film briskly brushes off its lapel. There is not very much keeping the lovers in Love is Strange apart besides the weak contrivances of the script.

*Hilary Brougher’s low-bar hurdler Innocence is inconsistent throughout and falters badly in the stretch, but it’s an intriguing near-miss, with a more active and complex heroine than typically seen in these sort of teen-lit adaptations.