A woman whose voice is sorely needed has been brought back to life thanks in part to this film, and music—and cinema—are grateful for it.
In a perfect world such a business would be stopped but in the for-profit universe that SeaWorld operates, one fears her words will endlessly revolve in an echo chamber instead.
Directed by Sir Ridley Scott and starring five of the biggest actors in recent years, McCarthy’s script plays out like someone who has never read a 101 manual on screenwriting before. It’s a daring piece that breaks all the rules we’ve come to expect and should be appreciated as such. The story is a familiar one—drug deal gone bad—but the consequent playing out isn’t so familiar, more a hashing of regret.
Bad Grandpa is to Jackass what Borat is to Ali G. The gag is far less about Irving and his grandson; it’s relishing in how they antagonise and perplex their unwilling support cast. It’s juvenile, it’s ridiculous but I laughed, a lot.
Happiness and companionship is precious as your journey is closer to its end than the beginning. Holofcener’s Enough Said is old enough to dismiss bullsh*t like dwelling on the past.
The Railway Man will leave a mark on your soul, not only for the brutal barbarity of war but for the sheer power of screen stories.
The foster kids in Short Term 12 are sorely conscious of their grim situation but are struggling to understand why their parents failed them. From the perspective of the caretakers, writer and director Destin Cretton offers a wonderfully authentic film about the families built from the fragments of broken homes.
INSIDIOUS: Chapter Two has a good cache of scares; a necessary injection of mystery and despite small doses of clunky performances and scripting it’s a rare, high quality horror sequel.
The Fifth Estate is Woodward VS Bernstein.
It wasn’t a satisfying experience.
Braveheart’s narration put it best when it said that, “history is written by those who have hanged heroes.” Gaines was sandwiched between history at work and endured history on the home-front and therefore that vice should and could have resulted in a masterpiece. The Butler burned like phosphorus early but fizzled towards a heavy handed conclusion and ‘message’ that lands with the finesse of a sledge hammer.
From the plot description alone you can feel a headache developing and screenwriters Christopher Yost, with rewrites from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, seem to be suffering a form of short term memory loss with elements of the plot blandly reiterated to the point of nausea.
When Robert De Niro is a gangster, Michelle Pfeiffer is a trophy wife and Tommy Lee Jones is an FBI agent you’re right to nearly die of ‘type-casting.’ However, the prolific filmmaker Luc Besson (Leon:…
About Time is writer/director Richard Curtis campaigning the audience to cherish every single second of our fleeting existence. Yes we can.
The Counselor delves into the abject amorality of criminality. It’s a devastating examination of greed and grief in the overwhelming wilds of apathy; you’ll love it if you like that sort of thing.
… strap yourself in, endure the opening 30 minutes and you’ll get to the most hilariously self-aware Marvel film in the series.
While not a slam-dunk success, the gel of tones and the uniting of fantasy and real-world elements work consistently, resulting in another decent enough Marvel saga.
Fruitvale Station is the tale behind a very real video that would otherwise go ignored by the greater populace. It humanises these blunt pixels and creates a meaning behind the loud bam that ultimately ended the life of a man that’s doing what we’re all doing in this life: just trying to get by and support his loved ones.
Prisoners is an intense, unsettling and often nasty film. If you like crime thrillers, this is a very good one. The performances, and especially Gyllenhaal’s, are enough to warrant enduring the stress.
This anticipated documentary-esque dramatization of the devastating true events that took place in Hayward on the 31st December 2008 and at Fruitvale Station in the early hours of January 1st 2009 is sure to provoke some pretty strong emotions.