Unlike other recent films about old people like "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Youth" is not played for laughs at elders as they try to live a little more before death. "Youth" offers more substance as it looks back and forth at two men's careers, one in films, the other in music.
The music of the Beach Boys is cemented -- with lots of sand and water -- in America's pop culture as the California sound of the Sixties. By the Eighties, however, Brian Wilson, lead composer for the group, had fallen prey to addictions of food and drugs and to mental illness.
"Prisoners" is a challenging film with so many twists and turns that director Denis Villeneuve told the audience at the Telluride Film Festival, where "Prisoners" premiered, that no one should leave for the film's two and a half hours or they'd risk missing crucial details. He wasn't kidding, and no, I won't give anything away here.
Amidst the many father-son conflict and reconciliation films, Being Flynn stands out with its multidimensional physical and psychological layers. They include the struggles of Nick Flynn, the 20 something son of absent, alcoholic father Jonathan Flynn. Nick's floundering, trying to establish a life at just the moment that his father reenters it, at first purposely and then accidentally.