Movie critics on new releases other than ‘Avengers’

“This Is Not a Film” may be one of the most eloquent blows against a dictatorship ever filmed because it forces you to think about everything that can’t be said and everything that’s just off-screen. Panahi digs out his most recent banned script and tries to block it out on his living room rug with masking tape. the story’s about an Iranian girl whose parents lock her in the house to prevent her from going to college, and the ironies are unspoken but obvious. he reads the dialogue and takes a stab at acting out the parts. “Acting and reading aren’t an offense, are they?” he asks, only partly in jest.

While “This is Not a Film” is perhaps deserving of more attention, another movie that’s release was overshadowed by “The Avengers” may deserve its quiet entrance. the British comedy-drama ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” received two stars, though Burr calls it “proof that art-house films can be as clichéd and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex.” the movie stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and “just about every aging English actor who didn’t make it into a ‘Harry Potter’ movie and a few who did” as British retirees in India. Writes Burr: “It’s predictable fluff, sometimes pleasantly so, at others times irritatingly.”

Movie critics on new releases other than ‘Avengers’


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