Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green makes a few different kinds of movies. “George Washington,” his still-striking 2000 debut, wedded gauzy images to a gauzier Southern story, the film version of an R.E.M. album cover.
The Austin-based “Manglehorn” is very much in Green’s first tone; except this time, he has Al Pacino to play with. Pacino delivers some of his subtlest work in years, trading in the hammy bluster that’s characterized his post “Scent of a Woman” career for something more nuanced.
Written by Austin writer Paul Logan, “Manglehorn” is about different kinds of love, and, man, A.J. Manglehorn sure has trouble navigating those different kinds.