The Theory of Everything: This biopic concerning the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, stricken to a wheelchair from ALS as a young man, sagely avoids many of the common melodramatic liberties that so often plague the genre. James Marsh’s film — which stars the phenomenal Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, and the luminescent Felicity Jones as his long-suffering wife — is a shoo-in for Oscar-nom glory. Expect nominations for its two young stars and likely for the film itself, which is a good deal more honest in its warts-and-all depiction of its subject than you might expect. Rotten Tomatoes Score:79%
A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.
It’s been some time since Ray Murray ran an actual movie theater. The old Theater of the Living Arts is now a concert hall, and his company, TLA Video, does business strictly online now, having closed all its video rental stores. But the movie theater bug apparently has infected him again, for he has come up with a new use for part of the TLA warehouse at 631 N. Sixth Street in Northern Liberties.
He showed preliminary sketches of his proposed Warehouse Cinema to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) at its Jan. 28 zoning committee meeting.
The theater would bring a new concept in cinema to Philadelphia: the “lounge style” theater that makes the moviegoing experience something closer to home theater, only with bigger screens, better sound, and a greater variety of food and drink available.
Our weekly roundup of the new movies opening this weekend in Philadelphia. This week, only two: Ashgar Farhadi’s The Past and Gimme Shelter starring Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson.
THE PAST: If you’re going to see a new movie this weekend make it Ashgar Farhadi’s follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed A Separation. From Indiewire: “After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret.” Indiewire gives it an A-, as does Philadelphia City Paper, and it gets a 96-percent critic review on Rotten Tomatoes. Our summation? Go see it, but you could wait till it comes on DVD. (Ritz Five)