Niagara Gazette

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June 11, 2013

CALLERI: Two new openings are rooted in motion picture history


Niagara Gazette — As we watch, we relax and enjoy what’s spoken because what is said is interesting and because of our familiarity with Jesse and Celine, who come across as a married couple quite comfortable with each other. They met in their 20s and are now at the start of their 40s.

This reverie is shattered in the fifth scene, which takes the film and Celine and Jesse’s relationship into a new direction. The lacerating dialogue reveals how a misinterpreted word, spoken between a husband and wife, can quickly alter how a couple feels about each other. It creates a riveting multi-layered dynamic. My reaction after watching them argue is that this could mark the beginning of the end of their marriage.

“Before Midnight,” which is co-written by Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke is a very good movie. It’s casually, albeit, carefully acted. The film doesn’t go in for big surprises, not that it needs to. I like “Before Midnight,” but not as much as I like “Before Sunset,” which is the best chapter of the trilogy. We are not tired of Celine and Jesse, but we could be. A fourth movie is not necessary.

“This Is The End” is an insanely over-the-top comedy, a raucous send-up of the self-importance of movie stars and their well-crafted public personas. It’s a tribute to horror films such as “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Exorcist,” and “The Devil Rides Out” (also known as “The Devil’s Bride”).

Rogen, James Franco (especially good), Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill play themselves in a film that is deliriously disjointed and certainly too long. Most of its comic jolts are dialogue-based. The words may be raunchy, weird, and utterly reliant on references to all kinds of sex and most drugs, but they are delivered with whiplash ferocity. The actors mock their public selves, sometimes painfully so.

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