Ron’s Gone Wrong creatively illuminates how “connected” devices are contributing to a lack of human connection and the unprecedented challenge kids face as they grow up in the social media age. This empathetic animated family film, which Disney absorbed in the 20th Century Fox acquisition, looks at the complications of establishing friendships today, especially if you’re a socially challenged introvert.Read more
The Sunlit Night, a slight romantic comedy saturated in whimsy, has its moments — all of them courtesy Jenny Slate, playing a struggling artist trying to find herself in a remote corner of Norway. Director David Wnendt seems to have organized all the right bits and pieces but something happened in the process of putting them all together.Read more
Opening Oct. 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Birdman, which sees the welcome return of Michael Keaton as a washed up actor trying to reclaim past glories by staging a play on Broadway. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the hugely talented filmmaker behind the likes of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, and powered by a virtuoso performance from Keaton, Birdman is a knowing – and hugely entertaining – treatise on the fickle nature of fame.