At one time, the title for Doug Liman’s new release was All You Need is Kill
and it featured a raw 18-year-old military recruit sucked into a
time-fractured narrative that had him reliving the same day on what
seemed like an endless loop — a D-Day style attack on an alien outpost
on the Normandy beachhead that concluded with great losses to the human
Jenji Kohan’s dark comedic take on the
true story of Piper Kerman’s stint in a federal women’s prison was a
runaway hit on Netflix in its 2013 debut. Now Orange Is the New Black is back (full season on Netflix Friday) with another 13 funny, disturbing and thought-provoking episodes.
Last year’s Toronto International Film Festival offered big ticket selections like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave that would go on to claim the lion’s share of the attention during the awards season; advance previews of titles like Don Jon, Prisoners and Rush seeking to grab some last minute buzz before their opening weekends...
How often do we forget the real
connection between journalism and art? The thread stitching the two
together is honesty, and that is what documentary director Charlie Paul
aims to capture in his first feature effort: the seams between
world-changing reportage and the creative spirit unleashed.
This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical
Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political
responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in
early-’80s New York City.