NOW IN THEATERS...
* American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's uneven, politically muddled Oscar-nominated feature. Go for Bradley Cooper and the combat, hit the restroom during the "drama."
* Blackhat, Michael Mann fails to make his fascination with hackers interesting onscreen. Hemsworth fizzles in a zero-thrills thriller.
Adding to the disappointment, I reviewed the Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January on Blu-ray, and despite a fine cast--Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen--found the con-man tale to lack passion.
Special Portland screenings prove more interesting.
* Heaven and Earth Magic, a rare showing of an obscure 1960s animated feature from Harry Smith
Current Soundtrack: Belle & Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance