Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes
report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military
Beasts, the story of a young boy
named Agu who is forcibly enlisted as a child
warrior in the civil war of an unnamed African country under the brutal
command of a fanatically charismatic figure known as the Commandant, is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.
When we last saw New York’s Knickerbocker
Hospital, it was in a state of shambles. The institution’s first chief
of surgery killed himself after an unsuccessful operation, and his
replacement, mad-genius Dr. Thackery, had turned to a deadly diet of
cocaine and opium to meet the job’s demands.
Right up front, I have to admit my bias when it comes to The Walk,
the new film from Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe
Petit, played by the ever-energetic and engaging Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Michael Shannon can do no wrong. The Academy Award nominee (Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Road) and Lexington, Ky. native may play deeply flawed men — and some like Rick Carver in 99 Homes
step over the divide and gleefully dance with the devil — but Shannon
always grants such evil men a recognizably human face.
We’ve moved into the Murder House, been
institutionalized in the Asylum, entered the Coven and joined the Freak
Show. This week, fans will check intoAmerican Horror Story: Hotel(Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX).
Having met while studying together at New York
University, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck seemingly enjoy their status as
multi-hyphenate indie filmmakers — from their feature run with Half Nelson to Sugar, before attracting greater attention and recognizable stars on It’s Kind of a Funny Story and now Mississippi Grind — never straying too far from their gritty roots, which always linger around the edges of the frames.