In the Dark

Hiding in Delusion

Where’d You Go, Bernadette Produced and distributed by Annapurna Pictures; Written and directed by Richard Linklater, from the novel by Maria Semple

Framing John DeLorean Produced by XYZ Films, distributed by Sundance Selects ; Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce; Screenplay by Dan Greeney and Alexandra Orton

Double Indemnity (1944) Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures ; Directed by Billy Wilder; Screenplay by Raymond Chandler, from the novel by James M. Cain

Although Where’d You Go, Bernadette stars the incomparable Cate Blanchett along with a strong cast that includes Billy Crudup and Kristen Wiig, the film is a serious disappointment. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given it was released in mid-August, which is when studios dump films they suspect will be losers.

The film is far too precious and crowded with irrelevant detail. The central character, played by Blanchett, is touted as the foremost architect of her era for designing houses and buildings made of recycled materials. One is an office comprised, improbably enough, of eyeglass frames. Whimsical, maybe, but without an ounce of charm. Another pretentiously avant-garde domicile dubbed the Twenty Mile House has been pieced together with what looks like railroad box cars. Why? Perhaps to suggest people living...

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