Night & Day — I’ve been advised by studio publicists that starting Nov. 8 and running through Jan. 3, the Buffalo-Niagara region will definitely see these pictures, and certainly some others: “12 Years A Slave,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “About Time,” “The Best Man Holiday,” “Delivery Man,” “Kill Your Darlings,” “Frozen,” Philomena,” “The Book Thief,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Walking With Dinosaurs,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty,” “47 Ronin,” “American Hustle,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” “Nebraska,” and “Paranormal Activity 5.” Not all will be winners, and not all will be screened in advance for critics.
If you’re looking for something to see right now, you might want to check out two small independent pictures.
One is “Inequality For All,” an interesting documentary by economist Robert Reich, who worked in the Ford and Carter administrations and was President Clinton’s Secretary of Labor. The movie is, of all things, a breezy and refreshing look at economics. In fact, it makes economics, a very dry subject, quite lively.
Reich doesn’t browbeat the audience, and he doesn’t demonize the rich or make scapegoats of the poor. He explains with charts, music, animation, and his reasonable and peppy narration style how the economy works, how it’s bolstered, what it needs to flourish, and where the middle class fits in. If college economics classes were half as interesting as “Inequality For All,” there might be more smart graduates who understand monetary matters and the world in which we live.
The other movie to see is “Wadjda,” the debut feature from writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, which makes her a very important person in that country. Her wonderfully crafted and beautifully photographed (by Luiz Reitemeier) story is about a 10-year old girl named Wadjda, who lives in a suburb of Riyadh. She’s a free-spirit in a nation that frowns on women exhibiting minds of their own.