The feverish pace of Gilles de Maistre’s The Quest of Alain Ducasse reflects its indefatigable subject, the French chef with a global presence. For eighteen months, de Maistre followed Ducasse to the outposts of his food empire.
Although it’s been used repeatedly as a movie title, Alive and Kicking perfectly captures the joyous enthusiasm of Susan Glatzer’s debut documentary, which presents swing dance as a vibrant, living art form.
The Hornby hook comes early in A Long Way Down. Disgraced talk show host Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) introduces himself while preparing for his New Year’s Eve leap from a London high-rise known as Topper House.