This week’s new releases offer a wide range of entertainment options.
Director Luc Besson seamlessly takes a standard action film and ramps it up with the deeper meanings of Lucy’s transformation. The action parts are the weakest part, with Besson ignoring large bits of logic to keep the film moving ahead.
There’s also an immediate acceptance by cops and professors that seems expedited just to keep the pace high. With a major assist from Johansson, Besson delivers plenty of action in a smart package.
An outlandishly funny tale brought to life through beautiful stop-animation photography. The film combines Monty Python-style humor with the sense and sensibilities of Oliver Twist and is presented in a wonderfully creepy animated style.
Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi found a way to make an up-tempo movie using a painfully slow style of moviemaking.
This is a film that pulls us in with a sweet and powerful story where major tent poles of religion and politics are presented in a strong but subtle way.
Also new on DVD Jan. 20