by Wendy Schadewald
Special to Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune
Rating system: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)
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“Ask the Dust” (R) (2.5) [Some sexuality, nudity, and language.] [DVD only] — A romantic, languid-paced film noir in which a struggling Italian short story writer (Colin Farrell) and a sultry Mexican waitress (Salma Hayek) play a cat-and-mouse game when they fall in love with each other in 1930s Los Angeles.
“Down to the Bone” (R) (3) [Drug use, nudity, and foul language.] [DVD only] — The tough life of a small-town, drug-addicted grocery store clerk (Vera Farmiga) with an equally addicted husband (Clint Jordan) and two kids (Jasper Daniels and Taylor Foxhall) goes from bad to worse in this gripping and gritty story when she hooks up with a male nurse (Hugo Dillon) she meets at a drug rehab center.
“Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” (PG-13) (3) [Some nude images.] — A fascinating, informative, 86-minute, 2011 documentary, which is based on recorded conversations with writer George Plimpton as he coauthored the “D.V.” autobiography, that showcases the phenomenal 50-year career of legendary, feisty, inventive, no-nonsense, outspoken, independent, colorful fashion designer and editor Diana Vreeland (1903-1998), who was often referred to as the high priestess of fashion, and consists of hundreds of archival photographs; snippets of television interviews with David Frost, Dick Cavett, Diane Sawyer, and Jane Pauley; and interviews with Yves Saint Laurent cofounder Pierre Bergé, Diana’s personal librarian Kurt Thometz, former “Vogue” assistant Felicity Clark, fashion designers (such as Carolina Herrera, Diane von Fürstenberg, Oscar de la Renta. Calvin Klein, Manolo Blahnik, Hubert de Givenchy, Tai and Rosita Missoni, and Anna Sui), former “Vogue” director and Costume Institute assistant Tonne Goodman, former Costume Institute exhibition assistant June Burns Bové, Costume Institute curator in charge Harold Koda, sons Tim and Frecky Vreeland, grandsons Nicky and Alexander Vreeland, great granddaughter Olivia Vreeland, writer and editor Ingrid Sischy, the Museum of Modern Art fashion director Philippe de Montebello, fashion historian and former Costume Institute fashion assistant Katell le Bourhis, former artist and model Veruschka von Lehndorff, former “Harper’s Bazaar” editors Barbara Slilka and Rae Crespin, jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, art historian John Richardson, former model and fashion director China Machado, writers Reinaldo Herrera Bob Colacello, former Museum of Modern Art director Jeffrey L. Daly, former “Vogue” editors Susan Train and Polly Devlin, actors and former models (such as Ali McGraw, Anjelica Huston, Lauren Bacall, Lauren Hutton, and Marisa Berenson), filmmaker Joel Schumacher, former model and writer Penelope Tree, former Costume Institute/Barneys New York fashion assistant Simon Doonan, “Women’s Wear Daily” publisher John Fairchild, and photographers Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lillian Bassman, Melvin Sokolsky, and Stephen Paley.
“Fill the Void” (PG) (3) [Mild thematic elements and brief smoking.] [Subtitled] — After the sudden, tragic death of her 28-year-old, 9-months pregnant sister (Renana Raz) and the birth of her healthy boy in this low-key, heartbreaking, 90-minute, 2012 film, an 18-year-old Israeli Jewish girl (Hadas Yaron) becomes confused and torn when she is pressured by her distraught ultra-Orthodox Hasidic mother (Irit Sheleg) to marry her sister’s grieving husband (Yiftach Klein) to prevent him from leaving Tel Aviv and moving to Belgium with her grandson.
“Man of Steel” (PG-13) (3.5) [Intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and some language.] — After his parents (Russell Crowe and AntjeTraue) send him to Earth where he is raised by a compassionate farm couple (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) due to the imminent destruction of his planet in this action-packed, fast-paced, suspenseful, 3D, entertaining, star-dotted (Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Schiff, and Harry Lennix), 143-minute film filled with stunning special effects, an alien boy (Cooper Timberlane/Dylan Sprayberry) struggles to deal with bullies and his secret powers and then as a 33-year-old adult (Henry Cavill) must save Earth when a fanatical general (Michael Shannon) from Krypton and his followers (Ayelet Zurers, et al.) decide to make Earth their new home.
“Shadow Dancer (R) (3) [Language and some violent content.] — An intense, compelling, twisting, 101-minute, political thriller, which is based on Tom Bradby’s novel, in which an Irish IRA activist (Andrea Riseborough), whose younger brother was killed in 1973 in Belfast and has a young son, is blackmailed by an MI5 London agent (Clive Owen) in 1993 to become an informant against her brothers (Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson) and mother (Brid Brennan) after she is caught trying to place a bomb in a London subway.
Wendy Schadewald is a Burnsville resident.