OPENING WEEKEND

Downey Shines in The Soloist

The Soloist, a film about a newspaperman’s relationship with a homeless musician, is sentimental but not maudlin, according to the New York Times’s Manohla Dargis. While Jamie Foxx seems “uncomfortable” with his role as the vagrant genius, Robert Downey Jr. offers a “darkly shaded, nuanced performance” that “deepens the film.” Directed by Joe Wright of Atonement fame, the movie explores social inequalities without indulging in “lofty symbolism”—though be prepared for a few dramatic shots of flying pigeons.