Spider-Man, X-Men, Godzilla: Welcome to summer movie options.
Comic-book flicks definitely have their merits (two hours of zero thinking, yeah okay), but sometimes a simple family story is a refreshing break from an onslaught of explosions.
That’s why A Short History of Decay couldn’t have come at a better time.
In this new indie film, struggling New York writer Nathan not only gets dumped by his published-author girlfriend but also learns that his father has just had a stroke. Once Nathan arrives in Florida to help out, he also realizes his mother’s early-stage Alzheimer’s is advancing more quickly than he thought. But we promise it’s not a downer. In fact, it’s quite the opposite--lighthearted in tone and playful in addressing universal parental annoyances.
Here’s the thing, though: You go for Bryan Greenberg, who plays Nathan. (We’ve embarrassingly seen Prime more times than we’d care to admit.) But you’re hooked by the surprisingly poignant relationship between the parents (Linda Lavin of Sean Saves the World and Harris Yulin of A Place Beyond the Pines). We walked out of the theater and immediately called our mother to tell her we love her.
A Short History of Decay, now playing at Village East Cinemas, 189 Second Ave. (at 12th St.)