This week I reviewed a sextet of films of which the standouts are the documentary Booker's Place and, by far the most high-profile of the lot and the film which gives this post its (somewhat strained) title, The Five-Year Engagement. It seems that I'm in the minority in digging this one, with most of the critical hatred seeming to center on the film's formulaic nature. The thing about genre, though, is that it is formulaic. It's a question of tweaking the formula and using the genre's dictates intelligently, tasks ably handled by Nicholas Stoller's fine rom-com.
The Five-Year Engagement (Slant)
Dolphin Boy (Village Voice)
Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (Village Voice)
Payback (Time Out New York)
Booker's Place (Time Out New York)
96 Minutes (Time Out New York)