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FilmWatch Weekly: “A Bigger Splash,” “Tale of Tales,” and more

New films from the directors of "I Am Love," "Russian Ark," and "Gomorrah" top the week's art house releases

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“A Bigger Splash”: A rock singer (Tilda Swinton) recuperates from throat surgery on a Mediterranean island with her boyfriend, when her old flame and his young paramour pay a visit. From the director of “I Am Love.” (Regal Fox Tower) READ REVIEW

(From L-R): Ralph Fiennes as "Harry," Matthias Schoenaerts as "Paul," Tilda Swinton as "Marianne" and Dakota Johnson as "Penelope" in A BIGGER SPLASH. Photo courtesy of Jack English. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

(From L-R): Ralph Fiennes as “Harry,” Matthias Schoenaerts as “Paul,” Tilda Swinton as “Marianne” and Dakota Johnson as “Penelope” in A BIGGER SPLASH. Photo courtesy of Jack English. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Tale of Tales”: Italian director Matteo Garrone’s first English-language feature stars Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, and Vincent Cassel in a stylish adaptation of three 17th-century fairy tales. There’s also a giant flea. (Living Room Theaters, Hollywood Theatre) READ REVIEW

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Film Review: “Tale of Tales” delivers fairy tales for grownups

This triptych of trippy tales takes its inspiration from an Italian precursor to the Brothers Grimm

Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone burst onto the international scene a few years ago with “Gomorrah,” a scathing, multi-layered expose of the Neapolitan Mafia. He followed that up with a broader, but equally unforgiving look at modern Italian life, “Reality.”

His new film, then, seems like a change of pace, moving from reality to fantasy and drawing on fairy tales. In fact, though, as smoothly entertaining as it may be, “Tale of Tales” finds Garrone once again sketching humanity’s foibles in a way that allows for empathy but not excuses.

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