Love, Not Young, but New and Invigorating

NOV. 6, 2014.- A grumpy old man and a dotty old lady share a moment of late-life bliss in the geriatric romantic comedy “Elsa & Fred.” Because that fun couple are played by Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine, the movie’s too-cute concept yields more rewards than you might reasonably expect. Ms. MacLaine, in her flamboyantly twinkly, upbeat mode, plays Elsa, a frisky woman of a …

Venice Film Review: ‘A Monster With a Thousand Heads’

Rodrigo Pla’s short, taut woman-against-the-system thriller takes the medical insurance industry grippingly to task. At a nervily compact 74 minutes, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” often feels as if it’s unfolding in real time — even as necessary narrative logistics dictate otherwise. Such is the considerable achievement of Uruguayan-Mexican helmer Rodrigo Pla’s agitated, on-the-move hostage thriller, in which the wife of an …