Future ballet stars shine in irresistible dance doc 'First Position'
Anyone addicted to Smash, or any of the so-called "reality" talent shows on TV, will find First Position irresistible. Bess Kargman's suspenseful and entertaining documentary captures the real-life drama of exceptional teen ballet students from around the world training for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix dance-off in New York City.
Monterey Bay, critters, shine in savvy, engaging 'Otter 501'
Who doesn't love sea otters? These playful, fuzzy-headed little guys cracking open shellfish on their bellies, or industriously cleaning their faces, are a fixture right out in our own yacht harbor, and entire rafts of them float just offshore at Moss Landing and Monterey. Otters are so plentiful around here, most of us don't realize how precarious their living situation still is.
Splendid cast tries retirement, Indian-style, in entertaining 'Marigold Hotel'
The perfect antidote to the summer blockbuster season,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a wistful, humorous, grown-up story of love, loss, family, identity, and the ever-present whooshing of time's wingéd chariot. Its splendid ensemble cast play Englishmen and women of a certain age, gobsmacked by circumstances, who decide to "outsource" their retirement to sunny, inexpensive India.
Stillman's wit falls flat in mistimed coed comedy 'Damsels In Distress'
If cult filmmaker Whit Stillman hadn't already made Metropolitan back in 1990 ... well, let's face it, his new film, Damsels In Distress would still be a mess. The talky cast of Manhattan debs and preppies trying to navigate the shoals of life and the first glimmerings of potential romance in the earlier film might have been a vapid and self-absorbed group, but Stillman's ironic wit was generally keen, dry, and entertaining.