Saturday, February 15, 2020

Richard Jewell

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde

Clint Eastwood directs the biographical drama based on the true story of Richard Jewell, wrongly accused by the FBI of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Hapless security guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) finds a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and alerts authorities to evacuate, only to later be wrongly accused of having placed the device himself. From hero to villian, the ‘wanna-be’ police officer’s fate seems inevitable until he is reluctantly defended by the laconic lawyer, Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell). Based only on circumstantial evidence and illicit leaks to the press, the story quickly becomes of international interest. Keen to cover his tail, FBI agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) ignores clear evidence of Jewell’s innocence to pursue relentless inquiries. At 2 hours 11 minutes, it is overlong in the telling, but none the less a compelling movie well worth seeing. Outstanding performance by Kathy Bates as Richard’s long-suffering mother, (Bobi).

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Just Mercy

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Starring: Jamie Foxx , Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Darrell Britt-Gibson

Based on a true story, Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), an Alabaman logger was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit in 1987. Despite an absence of evidence and based upon the coerced testimony of another felon, McMillian is sent to death row. Young African American Harvard lawyer, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) comes to Monroeville, Alabama to defend death-row inmates and exonerate the wrongly accused. The young defender comes up against, bigotry, prejudice and police harassment as he tries to overcome the impossible for his clients. Brie Larson plays Stevenson’s co-worker Eva Ansley, and Tim Blake Nelson performance as the remorseful inmate whose false testimony led to McMillian’s incarceration is arresting. Rafe Spall plays the windbag District Attorney, Tommy Champan; and look out for Darrell Britt-Gibson, as the reluctant witness, Darnell Houston. A powerful and at times brutal film, long in the telling, but will keep your interest until the final credits.

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Nosferatu (1922)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Gentlemen

Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding.

Guy Ritchie is back in murky London town with his new gangsta comedy drama. Has the same trappings of the classic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), but pales by comparison. Complex plot, convoluted twists with violent cutaways, this movie has its highs and lows and a few laughs along the way. When marijuana drug baron extraordinaire, Mickey Pearce (Matthew McConaughhey) decides to sell his thriving business he is taken by wise guys, wide-boys and wannabes to their cost. Superb vehicle for Hugh Grant who plays Fletcher, the slimy, guttersnipe gumshoe to perfection. Good performances too from the rest of the cast, particularly Colin Farrell (The Coach bedecked in a played tracksuit) and Eddie Marsan (Big Dave the tabloid editor). Just as the dialogue, peppered with F and C bombs begins to drag, the plot picks up. The movie has also an excellent soundtrack.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Good Liar

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter

When you put two great actors like Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen together, even with a larger than life plot, you still get 110 minutes of pure entertainment. In this crime thriller, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle, wealthy widow Betty McLeish (Mirren ) meets Roy Courtnay (McKellen) on a computer date. Both are retired and in their sixties. Gradually their relationship genially develops until Ray is invited to join Betty in her surbuban home. Grandson, Steven (Russell Tovey) becomes suspicious of Courtenay’s motives and for good reason because unbeknown to Betty, Ray is city conman working with Vincent (Jim Carter), fleecing the greedy and vulnerable. After Helen takes a mini stroke the pair visit Berlin where we are told, Betty’s husband served during the War. There things start to unveil until the mystery is finally solved. Mirren and McKellen are ably supported throughout by a good cast.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Knives Out

Director: Rian Johnson

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis), Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Katherine Langford, Chris Evans

A star-studded whodunit movie which is overlong but not without some surprises in a convoluted plot that will leave you laughing and at times on the edge of your seat. Multimillionaire mystery writer and publishing magnet, Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead under some suspicious circumstances after a family party to celebrate his 85rd birthday held in his gothic mansion. Close family members made up of odd characters are called together for questioning by police detectives and a celebrity private detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) hired by a person or persons unknown. One by one they paint a background and timeline to events as well as reveal the underlying ugly truths that bond them all together. Marta (Ana de Armas) is the mysterious young nurse companion to Harlan who is about to have her life change at the reading of the will, only adding more mystery to what really happened. Can the flamboyant Blanc solve the case ? Well short of a spoiler, you will need to see the movie to find out. When Knives out is good it’s really good, when it is not, it is a long film.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019