Like everyone else, I've had some laughs watching the recent retirement rapping escapades of Joaquin Phoenix. Maybe Casey's documentary will supply more Andy Kaufman-esque hilarity. But this week I saw Two Lovers, supposedly Joaquin's last film (we'll see), and I'm not sure the laughs are worth it if he doesn't come back to acting. In the film he plays Leonard, a damaged twentysomething fumbling between two budding romances. I've never seen an actor capture someone wrestling off serious depression and grasping for happiness more effectively. When he enters a scene, it is as if the entire cast around him, impressive as it is (Isabella Rossellini, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw), falls away. If you can still find this one playing somewhere, check it out. It deserves more attention. Portrait by Critical Times.