For his first foray into fictionalized filmmaking, Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki extensively researched the most famous missing-persons case in New York history. But he made a movie of it, not a documentary. All Good Things is lushly textured, hauntingly evocative and works, at first, as a love story - as Ryan Gosling's David Marks falls for Kirsten Dunst's homespun charm - and then as a bizarre crime drama (the film implicates Marks in the murder of his wife, his dog, his childhood friend and his elderly neighbor). By dutifully drawing within the lines of a semi-linear narrative, Jarecki proves himself adept at all manner of cinema. (available March 29)
Special Features: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, interviews with friends and family connected to the case
Rom-com master James L. Brooks' latest foray into the realm of the lovelorn takes some heavy lifting to reach its heartwarming conclusion. High-level businessman Paul Rudd and Olympic softball player Reese Witherspoon, both facing the impending end of their careers, lead a cast of characters that are imbued with so much emotional hesitancy and vulnerability that it hobbles the film's first hour. But when they finally get around to saying and doing things that are genuinely concrete, the rest falls into place perfectly. (available now)
Special Features: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, blooper reel
The makers of this worshipful documentary on the life of Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister spend much of the film's time making an argument for its subject's status as the definition of rock & roll: sex, drugs, knives and Nazi paraphernalia all take center stage as the 65-year-old diabetic recounts his conquests, musical and otherwise, from his Sunset Strip apartment. For a Lemmy fan, it doesn't get better: A wide range of notable figures, from Ozzy Osbourne to Billy Bob Thornton, speak highly of Lemmy for what seems like an eternity. But from a more objective standpoint, the clearly starstruck filmmakers let themselves down by fetishizing Lemmy's hard living and hanging potentially interesting flaws on a long-lost love - his "Rosebud," while too easily letting him off the hook for more glaring, in-plain-sight blemishes. (SS uniforms? Really, Lemmy?) Still, he couldn't ask for a better coda to Motörhead's stellar career. (available now)
Special Features: Concert footage, featurettes, interview outtakes
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