On The Screen
Bound tells a familiar film noir story - a drifter comes into contact with a sultry, dissatisfied woman and is lured into a chain of events that escalates into some serious violence. But in this sexy, intelligent, and stylish new thriller, the drifter is a lesbian ex-con who is repainting a vacant apartment next door to a Mafia money launderer and his restless mistress. As played by Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, these two dangerous women bond immediately, and then take on the mob and the boyfriend to snatch $2 million in a caper that will leave you breathless as it unwinds. The production design emphasizes gunmetal gray and black with highlights of white, against which red blood and green money stand out with startling intensity. Bound is tightly written, beautifully filmed, and adroitly edited to keep the tension twisting tighter and tighter. Imagine a cross between The Last Seduction, Goodfellas, and Go Fish. -Stephen Brophy. Sony Nickelodeon.
HHH The Rock
A well-intentioned general takes over Alcatraz and threatens to fire rockets armed with nerve gas into the heart of San Francisco if the government doesn't agree to pay reparations to the families of dead soldiers. Enter Nicolas Cage, an FBI chemical weapons specialist, and Sean Connery, the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz; their job is to sneak onto "the rock" and disarm the rockets. The Rock is basically another take-off of Die Hard, but a good one. Cage and Connery are good together, and the movie includes possibly the best San Francisco car chase scenes ever. -DVR. Saturday at LSC.
Infinity is the film adaptation of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, two autobiographies by Richard Feynman '39. Matthew Broderick plays the lead role and also directs this story about a little-known aspect of Feynman's life - his marriage to Arline Greenbaum (played by Patricia Arquette) and her death to Hodgkin's Disease. Infinity is at its best when it is focused on Feynman's exploits, like when he breaks into the supposedly impenetrable home of the Manhattan Project, but most of the time is spent on Greenbaum's deterioration, making Infinity feel more like a made-for-TV movie than a full-fledged screen biopic. -Yaron Koren. Kendall Square Cinema.