*In the SN&R summer movie preview, I list my 3 most anticipated blockbusters of the season (Jupiter Ascending, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), as well as my 3 most anticipated “small” movies (Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, David Michod’s The Rover, and James Gray’s The Immigrant).
*Much as he did with the western in Dead Man and samurai-gangster movies in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, writer-director Jim Jarmusch has a blast recontextualizing genre rules we thought we knew by heart with his latest film, the droll comedy Only Lovers Left Alive. In this case, he infiltrates the bloodstream of the “vampire movie” with a deadpan critique of cultural vapidity, and he doesn’t spare the imperiously condescending bloodsuckers too drug-addled and self-pitying to make a difference.
*The affectionate documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the story of a lost film, offering copious storyboards and conceptual art, and yet it wisely makes the lively 80-something Jodorowsky the centerpiece. Jodorowsky claims that he was “searching for the light of genius” in his spiritual warrior-collaborators, and after four decades, that light has finally been allowed to shine.
*Amma Asante’s disappointing Belle is the sort of film that feels compelled to cast Draco Malfoy himself (Tom Felton) in the role of an invective-spewing rich bigot, just to prove that racism is bad.