Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, a reincarnation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, features a breathtakingly layered performance from the great Cate Blanchett. Playing Jasmine, a hob-knobbing socialite in the New York City-Hamptons crowd, the actress is able to believably show the character’s acceptance of palatial enjoyments and mighty fall from grace after her husband (Alec Baldwin) is busted for white-collar crime. With her family broken apart, the now-broke Jasmine needs to head West to the small apartment of her half-sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Even though they have hardly conversed in life and come from different sides of the economic spectrum, they need to put up with each other until Jasmine can find her footing again.
Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing, preserved by the Criterion Collection, features Art Garfunkel as Alex Linden, a professor who needs to answer some serious questions about his lover, Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell), who has been rushed to the hospital and is near death. The inspector with the questions, played by Harvey Keitel, doesn’t seem satisfied with Alex’s answers, so much so that he makes the man repeat the details of his relationship with Milena over and over again. Bad Timing continues with numerous flashbacks, all intended to recreate the woman’s life and figure out whether a crime has been committed.