Film Review: LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK) Apr24

Film Review: LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK)

LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK) Directed by Marcel Carne Written by Jacques Viot Starring: Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty LE JOUR SE LEVE debuted in 1939 and quickly ran into trouble. Almost immediately it fell into the hands of the Vichy regime and numerous changes were made to make it more palatable to fascist standards of the time. The film now making the rounds of art houses has been fully restored with all the missing parts reinstated. And what a terrific film it is. Gabin plays a sand-blaster in a working class French town who murders another man and barricades himself in his sixth floor room where he considers the...

EVERY SECRET THING: new trailer and release date Apr17

EVERY SECRET THING: new trailer and release date

A year after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, EVERY SECRET THING resurfaces with a new trailer and a national release date of May 15th. The film is based on the Laura Lippman novel of the same name and stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald. When a young girl in a small town goes missing, the crime resembles a similar disappearance from seven years prior that ended in tragedy. Police officer Nancy Gates (Elizabeth Banks) , still haunted by the outcome of that case, believes the answers to this present-day kidnapping lie with the previous crime’s perpetrators: two now-teenaged girls named Alice...

Film Review: DANNY COLLINS Apr17

Film Review: DANNY COLLINS

DANNY COLLINS Directed and Written by Dan Fogelman Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale Has there ever been a movie about the life of a singer where an actor (or even someone dubbing for him) sang so little? I can’t think of one. In DANNY COLLINS, Al Pacino plays a washed-up rocker who now, at best, performs as a lounge act. He has a signature song but not much else. But when his agent (Plummer) brings him a recently discovered letter from John Lennon applauding Collins’ talent back in the seventies, Danny begins to examine his life. As he prepares to revive his career, he...

Film Review: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Apr10

Film Review: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

While We’re Young Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin The basic premise of WHILE WE’RE YOUNG seems oh, so familiar. A forty-something couple, male (Stiller) and female (Watts) yearn for the freedom they find in new twenty-something friends (Driver and Seyfried). Stiller also basks in the adulation Driver lays on him. What makes this film stand out is that Stiller doesn’t really appear burdened with any of the responsibilities you would expect at all. Nor does Watt. An exceedingly indulgent father-in-law (Grodin) finances their projects in...

Film Review: WILD TALES Apr03

Film Review: WILD TALES

WILD TALES Written and Directed by Damian Szifron Starring: Ricardo Darin and many fine Argentinian actors WILD TALES was enormous fun—if you have a tolerance for violence, mayhem, and people exacting revenge or working themselves into states of great rage. There were six stories of varying length. Some a bit too long perhaps but none were a bust and at least half of them were darn brilliant. In each tale, someone has been pushed to the breaking point. Sometimes it comes quickly—like the tale of two women in a café who wait on a man who has done great harm, or more slowly –as in the story of a man trying to save his son from arrest...

Film Review: ’71 Mar27

Film Review: ’71

’71 Directed by Yann Demange Written by Gregory Burke Starring: Jack O’Connell, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Sam Reid ’71 takes place in Belfast at the height of the conflict between two factions of the IRA, the northern Protestants, the northern Catholics, the local constabulary and a squad of British soldiers. And is that enough players for you? There may have been more. Trying throwing them into the dead of night, adding thick accents, having several very confusing riot scenes and a fast-moving plot. Newly arrived in Northern Ireland, a British squad is asked to look for firearms in an especially volatile area. One side...