(R) The third installment in the lives of Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy)–previously explored in BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) and BEFORE SUNSET (2004)–finds the couple in their early 40's and on summer vacation in Greece. The focus is on the "post-honeymoon" phase of a relationship where bonding is tested through doubt, intimacy, faithfulness and children. It's refreshing to see a sequel which offers something new about the characters involved–and whose title isn't followed by a number or Roman numeral.
(PG-13) Rural Arkansas: along the Mississippi River. Two teenage boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) discover a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) looking to elude bounty hunters and link-up with his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Skeptical but intrigued, the kids agree to help him. With a Mark Twain influenced ambiance, writer/director Jeff Nichols pieces together a stunning mosaic–having elements of poverty, youth, loss of innocence, love and violence. McConaughey gives a marvelous, award-worthy performance.
(R) A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.