Captain Phillips, the gripping film starring Tom Hanks and based on the true story of Somali pirates hijack of Phillips' merchant marine ship, is now available to stream on Amazon Instant Video (read Brett McCracken's review here). For a trip through the Eternal City, try Three Coins in the Fountain, a classic film about three working American women and the romance they find in Rome (now available on Netflix Instant Watch). Akeelah and the Bee is perfect for family movie night and is also available on Netflix. And if you don't mind subtitles, the imaginative, almost magical, film Amélie will not disappoint.
The Chilean drama Gloria tells the story of a middle-aged woman who goes to dance clubs looking for love and finds it with Rodolfo, a divorcee like her. Mike D'Angelo writes for the A.V. Club that "festival audiences have been sharply divided on whether Gloria is admirable or pitiable." But, he says, it is still a "beautifully judged portrait of loneliness and resilience." Tasha Robinson points out a weakness in Gloria—"that highly internal people often don't make for compelling cinema, and neither do well-adjusted characters who deal with their issues practically and sensibly." Robinson says the film is a "breath of fresh air" and yet has a "sameness" throughout. (Read her full review on The Dissolve here.) However, A.O. Scott at The New York Times says writer and director Sebastián Lelio "enriches [the film] with a combination of narrative expansiveness and filmmaking discipline." Despite its shortcomings, Gloria may be worth a viewing for, as Scott says, "its richly detailed ...1
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