‘Hello, My Name is Doris’
(R; 95 minutes; Red Crown): Directed by comedian Michael Showalter, “Hello, My Name is Doris” finds Sally Field under an eccentric facade of big hair, cat’s-eye glasses and bright lipstick. Her shy Doris is a woman in her 60s who has never lived, in part because of circumstance and in part by her own design. She has been cloistered in her Staten Island home with her hoarder mother, who dies at the beginning of the film.
Doris soon discovers a certain vitality when she is pressed up in an elevator against her new coworker, young John (Max Greenfield), whose smile is so affecting that it’s no wonder she falls for him. She employs the granddaughter (Isabella Acres) of her friend (Tyne Daly) to teach her some light online stalking tricks and starts to insinuate herself into his life. An actress less adept than Field would make Doris a woman to be pitied. But Field grounds Doris’ passions in a way that invites respect. Her love for John is about a life only half lived.
Contains strong language. Philadelphia Inquirer
‘10 Cloverfield Lane’
(PG-13; 90 minutes; Bad Robot): “10 Cloverfield Lane” follows Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Howard (John Goodman) and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), taking refuge inside an underground survivalist bunker after what may or may not have been some kind of attack from an enemy of unknown origin. Howard built the well-stocked retreat and brought Michelle down there after a car accident, but as he slowly reveals himself to be an unreliable source of information, Michelle questions if she is there for her protection or his paranoia and pleasure.
The film is at its best when it settles into being an uneasy chamber drama, as unfolding events confirm one interpretation of what is really happening until an equally believable counter-fact comes along. It is sharp and exciting in the moment but also content to allow anything more genuinely troubling to disappear on the way out the door.
Contains thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language. Los Angeles Times
(R; 93 minutes; Sundance Selects): In this beautifully acted drama, a marriage lives and dies. It’s a quiet movie, taking place over a week in the lives of Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay), a retired British couple happily anticipating a party for their 45th anniversary. In the opening scenes, Geoff receives unexpected news: The body of his long-ago girlfriend, who died in a mountain accident years before he met Kate, has been recovered.
It’s a tiny bit of news, a pinprick, but it lets the air out of their marriage. Unable to stop herself, Kate begins digging through boxes in the attic, trying to understand what this woman meant to her husband for so many years. Ultimately, she confronts Geoff about the ghost in their marriage. Writer/director Andrew Haigh knows that he has gold with the pairing of Rampling (who was nominated for an Oscar) and Courtenay, and his camera calmly watches as they tear our hearts in two.
Contains language and brief sexuality. Seattle Times
‘Eddie the Eagle’
(PG-13; 105 minutes; 20th Century Fox): In the 1988 Winter Olympics, a bumbling bundle of fan catnip named Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the first British athlete to compete in the Olympic ski-jump competition, was an instant symbol of innocence, perseverance and irrepressible can-do-ism. Edwards is brought to quirky, affectionate life by Taron Egerton in this rousing, liberally dramatized story of hard work and rewards.
Like its wholesome, good-natured brethren “Miracle” and “Cool Runnings,” “Eddie the Eagle” leaves viewers buoyed by satisfactions unique to classic come-from-behind stories. Even when it’s as ungainly and cravenly audience-pleasing as its protagonist, it soars.
Contains some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking. Washington Post
Also out June 14
- “45 Years”
- “London Has Fallen”
- “The Young Messiah”
- “Get a Job”
- “Ballers: Season 1”
- “Power: Season 2”
- “The League: Season 7”
- “The X-Files: Event Series”