Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

'Adult World' and three more reviews

Posted on

Adult World Review

NEW RELEASE

Adult World

R, 1 HR., 33 MINS.

In this lightweight indie comedy dripping with faux quirkiness, Emma Roberts is a naive would-be Sylvia Plath who splits her time between manning a porn-shop counter and stalking a washed-up bad-boy poet (John Cusack). Imagine Wonder Boys if none of its characters had humor or talent. (Also available on VOD) C Chris Nashawaty

NEW RELEASE

At Middleton

R, 1 HR., 40 MINS.

Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga play lonelyhearts who meet while touring a small liberal-arts college with their respective children. He’s a cardiac surgeon who’s like a Eugene Levy character played straight; she’s a hiply cynical depressive with a hidden sentimental side. The two coo and flirt and laugh at each other’s bad jokes. They get up in front of a theater class and “act” out their unhappiness. They smoke dope and dance to reggae. They break into a chorus of “I Got You, Babe.” Actually, I made that last one up, but the film is just cute enough that they might as well have. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) C+Owen Gleiberman

NEW RELEASE

Easy Money: Hard to Kill

R, 1 HR., 42 MINS.

JW, the business student-turned-money launderer played superbly by Joel Kinnaman in the Swedish thriller Easy Money (2012), is now a desperate ex-con. Bony and ravaged, he’s a much harder case than he was in the first film, and a less interesting character. Hard to Kill is volatile yet draggy, full of “tense” and “taut” scenes that don’t really mean anything — beyond the film’s facile vision of crooks who really just want to be good daddies and partners. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) C+Owen Gleiberman

NEW RELEASE

Jimmy P.

NOT RATED, 1 HR., 56 MINS.

In Arnaud Desplechin’s slow but well-acted drama, Benicio Del Toro stars as a Native American Army vet crippled with dizzy spells and blinding headaches after returning home from WWII. Are they the result of a war injury or something buried in his past? Mathieu Amalric plays the compassionate VA hospital shrink who tries to unlock a mystery that isn’t as revelatory as you’re set up to expect. B Chris Nashawaty

Comments