Archive | April 2013

A look at rural America: ‘Promised Land’

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fourstars

 

(2012 – Director: Gus Van Sant   Cast: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski)

On its surface, Promised Land looks like a left-wing anti-fracking movie sure to repel people not interested in watching something political. But down underneath is a story that glorifies what it means to live in a small community and understands the importance of rural America. Read More…

Give ‘Oblivion’ a chance

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three_andhalfstars

 

(2013 – Director: John Kosinski Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough)

It’s too bad that Oblivion, a competent and stylish sci-fi film with plenty of thrills, wound up being slightly spoiled by its muddled plot.

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‘To The Wonder’: Terrence Malick’s riskiest film

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fourstars

 

(2013 – Director: Terrence Malick   Cast: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem)

The mythical Terrence Malick. A man who at one time went twenty years between making a movie. A man whose style can’t be compared.  A man who is virtually a ghost in an industry obsessed with public image and making yourself known. Malick stands tall as a beacon for filmmakers that desire the art to stand by itself. For so many films it’s easy to see it more of a business than art, but there’s no mistaking Malick’s films for a business. He takes risks not many people are willing to take. And what’s harder to believe is that he does it all while getting A-list cast members. Read More…

The Hitchcock movie within ‘Hitchcock’

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fourstars

 

(2012 – Director: Sacha Gervasi Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren)

While the Master of Suspense was busy making movies to keep his career afloat, a love intrigue was playing out behind the scenes. Hitchcock sheds light on the esteemed Alfred Hitchcock’s process of his film Psycho, but more importantly, explores how his haunting visions and paranoia eventually consumed him. Read More…

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