WHAT TO SEE: Alex of Venice
Actor Chris Messina makes an impressive directorial debut in this intimate movie about workaholic environmental attorney Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. Faced with the humdrum and sometimes catastrophic events that permeate the fabric of our lives, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped while trying to hold together her broken family. The film is a sensitive character piece that works as another strong showcase for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is quickly establishing herself as one of the preeminent actresses of the American indie movie scene. Meanwhile, Don Johnson’s portrayal as Alex’s father is a reminder that his talent remains unappreciated.
Opens April 17. Alex of Venice
WHAT TO READ: A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen
You’ve got to love Candice Bergen. Despite her patrician good looks, Swiss boarding school upbringing, Beverly Hills lifestyle, and a hefty collection of Emmys, she’s a regular woman who’s hauling around the usual overflowing cartload of guilt, insecurities, disappointments and embarrassments. In A Fine Romance (her second stunningly candid autobiographical work), Bergen shares the events that have shaped the latter part of her life: her marriage to famed director Louis Malle, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom. Engaging, intelligent, and wittingly self-deprecating, the book succeeds in a way a good memoir should..with humor, confidence, and candor.
Available now on Amazon
WHAT TO HEAR: Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons
It turns out that Mumford & Sons were never really a folk band. They just played acoustic instruments. In their upcoming album Wilder Mind, the band makes a bold move to chart new territory with a rocking electric sound. Trading in their trademark banjos and harmonious crescendos for a rocking electric sound filled with relentless energy, they blew away the audience this week on SNL debuting two new songs, The Wolf and Believe. Critics are comparing their new sound to some of the best work done by bands like The Foo Fighters. Looks like they’ll be alright without the banjos.
Wilder Mind releases on May 4. Watch the video for “The Wolf.”
WHAT TO WATCH: Orphan Black
While much of the nation revels in the drama of Game of Thrones, the critically-acclaimed Orphan Black is the best tv show you’re not watching. The show’s very first episode had a memorably wild start. A streetwise young woman named Sarah is waiting on a subway platform when a stranger jumps in front of an oncoming train and dies. And the suicide victim is her twin! Sarah impulsively dons the identity of the dead doppelganger and tumbles into a world of clones, mad scientists, and conspiracy plots. The show’s incredible attention to detail and character, as well as the dizzying multiple performances of star actress Tatiana Maslany, have earned Orphan Back a rabid and growing following. Binge watch the first two seasons now and get ready to jump on board for season three!
Season 3 of Orphan Black premieres Saturday on BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and WEtv.