Opening: ST. VINCENT, A Showcase For Bill Murray
Normally there are event films that draw people in, big spectacles that just can't be replicated at home. Then there are the arty films that are still accessible, not something that's too dour or experimental to seem out of place at the multiplex, but still a film with bite, perhaps something melancholic with a darkly humorous streak to it.
St. Vincent is a perfect example of this kind of film. It's certainly treading on well-worn ground, but it's a movie told with a mixture of earnestness and dexterity that comes together in a pretty satisfying way.
At its core this is a showcase for Bill Murray, here channeling his curmudgeon shtick that he displayed in the likes of Rushmore to its inevitable, "get off my lawn" extreme.
This is an excerpt from our original review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Fest. You can read the entire review right here. St. Vincent opens in select theaters in the U.S. on Friday, October 10, before expanding in the U.S. and Canda on Friday, October 17.