Beatriz at Dinner
Directed by Miguel Arteta. US. 2017. NR. 83 minutes. Roadside Attractions. Digital.
Mon., July 17, 2017 thru Thu., July 20, 2017
“Salma Hayek is the star and radiant center of “Beatriz at Dinner,” Miguel Arteta’s scathing, at times scathingly funny comedy about a California neo-hippie — she works as a holistic healer and keeps pet goats — who inadvertently and catastrophically ends up mingling with the 1 percent (principally embodied with casual imperiousness by John Lithgow). Written by Mike White, the movie touches on some of the same themes that informed his film “Year of the Dog” and his regrettably canceled HBO series “Enlightened,” namely the comedy and sometimes tragedy of living and doing good in an often aggressively hostile, dangerous world.” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times)