Four films to consider this week

Bohemian Rhapsody (image copyright 20th Century Fox / GK Films / New Regency Pictures)

It’s been a busy few days of new releases. Bohemian Rhapsody (3 stars) might be getting most of the media, but Beautiful Boy (2 ¼ stars) is attracting attention too. (Check out my reviews of those movies by clicking the title.)

Two other films are also worthy of discussion. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (3 ¼ stars) features nuanced performances by Melissa McCarthy and Richard Grant, plus a unique and rewarding story. It’s slow to catch fire and moves in odd tonal directions, but it’s ultimately greater than the sum of its parts. Also well acted is The Happy Prince (2 stars), Rupert Everett’s passion project about the final, miserable, drug-addled years of Oscar Wilde. Buried within its overly stylistic and rambling structure is an emotionally rewarding story, but I was never tempted to dig deep enough to find it. Ultimately, the film seems to exist more for Everett himself rather than its audience. Not even Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson were enough to convince me to care enough about the plight of the 19th-century literary icon.

Judging from my star range of 2 to 3 ¼ (on my 0-5 scale), you’ve probably guessed that I wasn’t bowled over by any of these offerings. But if you’re looking for one recommendation among the four, it’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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