*In my Arts & Culture article on MVFF37, I talk about how the festival has become a major predictor of awards season favorites, including Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, a film so shallow and easy that it’s destined to win ten thousand Oscars.
*What hath Rudy wrought? One of the executive producers of the football biopic 23 Blast is Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, a man not exactly famed for his sensitivity and tolerance, yet the film does a nice job projecting sincerity without crossing over into sentimentality.
*The passable WWII action-drama Fury retrofits old war-movie cliches for the age of CGI spectacle and body horror.
TOMORROW ON ESFS: Reviews of new films opening in the SF Bay Area, including Listen Up Philip with Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss, the WWII chamber drama Diplomacy, and the Netflix documentary E-Team.