With A Private War, a biopic about the life and work of war journalist Marie Colvin, director Matthew Heineman makes a convincing and confident leap from documentaries to dramatic storytelling, and Rosamund Pike delivers what might go down as her best performance to date.
The fourth dramatized retelling of one of the most harrowing hostage crises in world history, 7 Days in Entebbe boasts a perfect director for the intense job at hand and a maddening amount of technical, performative, and narrative inconsistencies at every other turn.
Writer and director Scott Cooper’s Hostiles isn’t one of the worst films ever made, but it’s one of the worst kinds of films: a self-important, plodding, and basic diatribe about the negative impact of Colonialism that’s too wrapped up in its own sense of personal accomplishment and air of ennui that it doesn’t realize how it’s conforming to negative stereotypes instead of subverting them.
The suitably moving, polished, and elegantly composed romantic historical drama A United Kingdom reinforces my belief that filmmaker Amma Asante is a still rising talent worth keeping an eye on, even if this follow-up to her resplendent, slept on 2013 effort Belle feels like a bit of an overall letdown.
New arrivals this week on Blu-ray and DVD include: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition collection, featuring fifteen discs filled with the movies and special features; Zack Snyder dark action movie, Sucker Punch; plus a look at Season Of The Witch and Barney’s Version.
Opening this week, just in time for the holidays: Jeff Bridges stars in the Coen brothers’ Western, True Grit; Jack Black is off to the land of the wee folk in Gulliver’s Travels; Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are back for another round in Little Fockers; plus a look at Barney’s Version.
The stars have been walking the red carpets this weekend for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and fans have been lining up for hours to get a glimpse.
It’s that time of year again. The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, has revealed the full list of actors, stars, celebrities, and filmmakers expected at this year’s event, and once again it includes some of the biggest names in the world.
This week in DVD Tuesday I take a look at the latest new arrivals: Sherlock Holmes returns to the screen in Guy Ritchie‘s action-packed adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr.; plus a look at the drama An Education, starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard, and the children’s comedy, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray, Ellen Page stars in the action-packed dramedy Whip It, and Bruce Willis stars in the sci-fi actioner Surrogates. Plus a look at Prom Night in Mississippi, The Boys Are Back, and Saw VI.