“Book Club” and “You Were Never Really Here”


A film for the senior set and a challenging independent film are on area screens this weekend. 

Here to tell us about “Book Club” and “You Were Never Really There” are film critics Chuck Koplinski and Pam Powell.

Book Club (Starts Friday) Four lifelong friends (Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton & Mary Steenburgen) have their lives forever changed after reading “50 Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club.  Older audiences will find this to be a charming exercise, as each of the four Grande Dames get a moment or two to shine, while their male counterparts (Richard Dreyfuss, Don Johnson, Andy Garcia & Craig T. Nelson) provide them with great support.  Anyone under 50 might think twice about this one.  2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.

You Were Never Really Here (Starts Friday) A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix), unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. Director Lynn Ramsay’s adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Ames is, at times, difficult to watch, as the visions that torment her hero are graphic and disturbing, while her look at a particularly perverse subculture is unnerving.  Still, this look at mental illness is necessary in recognizing the plight of afflicted veterans and other victims of abuse, while Phoenix’s daring performance is galvanizing.  3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 89 minutes.  ART.

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