Movies This Weekend: Meek's and a Classic Priest
April doesn't always bring the strongest theatrical openings, but this week is a real embarrassment of riches. We cover them all for you below:
J. Hoberman reviews Meek's Cutoff, the latest from indie luminary Kelly Reichardt, and notes that while "Meek's Cutoff has a tranced-out quality...the political implications, regarding trust given and abused, are hard to miss."
Doug Cummings reviews Diary of a Country Priest, screening this weekend at LACMA in a new print with improved subtitles, and calls Bresson's classic "a bold, revelatory example of first-person cinema."
On the eve of a major retrospective at UCLA's Film and Television Archive, Patricio Guzmán's latest, Nostalgia for the Light opens at the Nuart; Michael Atkinson reviews: "Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness."
Karina Longworth's reviews It Felt Like A Kiss, as this razor sharp pop essay receives its first Los Angeles screening on Saturday at the Echo Park Film Center, and says, "It's instructive that [director Adam] Curtis takes the project's name from the second half of the title of Carole King's song 'He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss).' The emphasis is not on the violent impact of an event, but on the strange reverberations that follow, the romantic justifications of atrocity."