In this week’s issue, a long review of Neil LaBute’s Lakeview Terrace, with Samuel L. Jackson as an LAPD cop harrassing the interracial couple who’ve moved in next door, and a Critic’s Choice for Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water.
Regarding Lakeview Terrace, I’m struck by the fact that two different people, when the movie came up in conversation, commented to me, “That looks awful.” Screen Gems is marketing it as more of a slam-bang cop movie than the racial drama it really is. I don’t expect an avalanche of glowing reviews either, because it’s a decidedly conservative movie, and many critics pan movies that offend their politics. On the plus side, it’s opening wide (we’re listing it at 14 theaters), so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it. A rare case of the industry accidentally supporting a good movie.