'In Secret' and 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' reviews
R, 1 HR., 47 MINS.
Who knew Émile Zola had so much in common with James M. Cain? In this wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thérèse Raquin, Elizabeth Olsen plays a sexually repressed wife who falls for a Parisian charmer (Oscar Isaac) and plots to murder her drip of a husband (Tom Felton). There’s never any doubt that this will end badly for the lovers. But just in case, Jessica Lange as the fire-breathing mother-in-law seals the deal. B —Chris Nashawaty
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 21 MINS.
In this feisty portrait of the musical-theater legend, there’s a startling clip of her from a 1955 variety show: Even back then, when Stritch was 30, she was already an Old Broad [MDASH] which may be why, in her late 80s, she can seem ageless. In Shoot Me, she wears her spiked cynicism like a cutting form of grace, and everyone around her (including audiences) gets healed by it. The film is about how she juggles her energy and anxiety, stops drinking, and turns her 2013 one-woman Sondheim show into pure, unvarnished cabaret psychodrama. (Also available on VOD) A- —Owen Gleiberman