Time Out of Mind

Richard Gere stars as an elderly man forced out on the streets of New York City. There isn’t much more to the story than that, but for the talented writer-director Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) it’s more than enough. Like no other movie I’ve seen, this communicates the nothingness of being homeless: the empty days, the banal conversations with fellow losers, the crushing tedium of walking the streets or riding the subway with nowhere to go. The movie was a passion project for Gere, who’s had a rough time in Hollywood since aging out of the silver-haired-romance parts; he delivers a sober, subdued, resolutely unglamorous performance. Ben Vereen shines as the Gere character’s cagey street buddy of necessity, and there are unobtrusive cameos from Steve Buscemi, Kyra Sedgwick, and Michael Kenneth Williams.