BRAIN ON FIRE ★★☆☆☆
D: Gerard Barrett (Glassland)
S: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss.
Able cast surprises with substandard acting, plus weak direction. Too much repetition. LORENZO'S OIL this ain't.
BIRTH OF THE DRAGON ★★★☆☆
D: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau).
S: Xia Yu, Philip Ng, Billy Magnussen.
Another mythologising Bruce Lee movie, but done with wit, and is quite sweet.
D: Walter Hill (Bullet to the Head, Last Man Standing, Wild Bill, Another 48 Hours, Red Heat, Brewster’s Millions, Streets of Fire, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort, The Warriors, The Driver).
S: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub.
After BULLET TO THE HEAD, and now this, what is Walter Hill doing? Utter dross.
STRANGE WEATHER ★★★½☆
D: Katherine Dieckmann.
S: Holly Hunter, Carrie Coon, Kim Coates.
Holly Hunter compels as a mother reassessing her son's suicide. Damns financial inequality. Not quite IN THE BEDROOM.
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN ★★★★☆
D: Kelly Fremon Craig.
S: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto.
Awkward growing pains movie. Droll with twinges of sadness. The Steinfeld-Harrelson repartee is the stand out.