Critics Consensus: The Pirates! Band of Misfits Is Certified Fresh
Plus, The Five-Year Engagement is overlong but sweet, Safe is predictable but exciting, and The Raven is spooky but dull.
Also opening this week in limited release:
- The Norwegian import Headhunters, a thriller about a corporate con man who undertakes a daring art theft, is at 93 percent.
- Sound of My Voice, starring Brit Marling in a thriller about two documentarians who attempt to infiltrate a cult and get in over their heads, is at 90 percent.
- Payback, an abstract documentary that explores the idea of debt through disparate conflicting forces, is at 80 percent.
- Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment, a doc about the history of collective communities in Israel, is at 78 percent.
- Whores' Glory, a doc about global prostitution through the eyes of three working girls, is at 78 percent.
- Richard Linklater's Bernie, starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in a comedy about a small town funeral director and his odd friendship with a rich widow, is at 75 percent (check out our interview with Black here).
- The Giant Mechanical Man, a comedy starring Jenna Fischer as a down-on-her-luck woman who falls for a street performer, is at 73 percent.
- Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, an epic war film about the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is at 67 percent.
- Citizen Gangster, starring Scott Speedman in a biopic of Toronto's most famous gangster, is at 50 percent.
- 96 Minutes, a multi-stranded thriller about four kids whose lives intersect during a carjacking, is at 38 percent.
- Broken Tower, starring James Franco and Michael Shannon in a biopic of the influential poet Hart Crane, is at 33 percent.
- Elles, starring Juliette Binoche in a drama about a reporter who is unsettled while working on an article about prostitution, is at 31 percent.