by Sam Juliano
April Showers brings May Flowers. It is an innocuous enough adage but for those of us with seasonal allergies it usually heralds in a period of nagging discomfort, allegre pills and irritability. In the metropolitan area the month has sure enough started off with rain with a lot more scheduled for the coming days. Easter break is set for next week, and immediately after the launch of the annual nine-day Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. Right on the heels of that popular Manhattan venue is the week-long Montclair Film Festival out in north central New Jersey.
Here’s a shout out to our dear friend John Grant for his continued recovery from a minor health crisis over the past weeks. Great to see he is back in the saddle at Noirish.
We saw three films in theaters over the weekend, and all is all I can’t really recommend even one of these. The horror film “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” (Village East Cinemas) directed by the son of Tony Perkins is oppressively dull until the last fifteen minutes showcasing some nasty violence, by which time it has forfeited all interest despite alluring mood and atmosphere; “Life,” (Ridgefield Park Starplex) an Aliens/Gravity re-tread sadly in need of character and narrative development and “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Edgewater multiplex) which tells the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. They run the Warsaw Zoo, but disaster strikes when the Nazis invade. Strictly by the numbers and maligned by a oft-warbled soundtrack. Of the three films though, I say it was the strongest.
The Zookeeper’s Wife *** (Sunday evening) Edgewater multiplex
Life ** (Friday night) Ridgefield Park Starplex
The Blackcoat’s Daughter ** 1/2 (Saturday night) Village East Cinemas