MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Reviewed Apr22

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Reviewed

Midnight Special Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher Jeff Nichols is the director of three of my favorite movies over the last few years: SHOTGUN STORIES, TAKE SHELTER and MUD. All of them feature father/child relationships and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL carries that theme to its most poignant conclusion. Two parents (Shannon and Dunst) have an ill child who also has some otherworldly gifts. Not knowing what to make of his “gifts” they have handed him over to a cult (think FLDS) who believes him to be an important harbinger of the second...

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Reviewed Apr15

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Reviewed

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Directed by Michael Showalter Written by Laura Terruso and Michael Showalter Starring: Sally Fields, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser You say no one actually dresses like Doris, and I say you are wrong because Doris’ doppelganger worked in the office next to me for 20 years. Additionally the glimpse or two I got of that woman’s car similarly spoke to a hoarding disorder. Both of these are features of Doris, as played by Sally Fields in HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS. Although Sally does what she can with the material here, it is not nearly as funny as it wants to be. And I say that, in...

HANGMEN Reviewed Apr08

HANGMEN Reviewed

HANGMEN Directed by Matthew Dunster Written by Martin McDonagh Cast includes. :Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Graeme Hawley, John Hodgkinson, Ralph Ineson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers, Simon Rouse and Reece Shearsmith. Broadcast from the Royal Court Theater This is a bit different from my usual review. An organization called the National Theater Live (http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ ) is broadcasting plays from the UK into theaters throughout the world, Theater lovers who might never see these plays are now able to enjoy them in much the same way as the audience in the theater. So far the...

EYE IN THE SKY Reviewed Apr01

EYE IN THE SKY Reviewed

EYE IN THE SKY Directed by Gavin Hood Written by Guy Hibbert Starring: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkyad Abdl, Gavin Hood, Jeremy Northam Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren) leads a secret drone mission to capture a terrorist group living in a safe house in Nairobi, Kenya. When Powell learns that the group plans to carry out a suicide attack on a shopping mall, her objective is changed to killing the terrorists. This has been a six-year mission so the stakes are high for Powell. The pilot (Paul) charged with the task of firing, sits outside Las Vegas on a base. It will take him only 45 seconds to explode the house in Nairobi. In...

SON OF SAUL Reviewed Mar26

SON OF SAUL Reviewed

Son of Saul Directed by Laszlo Nemes Written by Nemes and Clara Royer Starring: Geza Rohrig SON OF SAUL won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for the best foreign film this year. It’s an Hungarian film that takes place at Auschwitz. What makes it different from other films on this subject is the way it is shot (narrow focus), and its subject matter (narrow focus). It tells the story of a day in the life of Saul, one of the Jewish prisoner ordered to tend to those dying in the gas chambers: he herds them in, he drags them out and disposes of their bodies. One day, he sees a boy that he takes for his son. Saul wants to bury the boy and...