Miles Ahead, the new film from
multi-hyphenate Don Cheadle, captures Miles Davis a little more than a decade
from his final days, but there’s a very real sense of the fragility,
both physically and psychologically, that plagued him toward the end.
Beyond its ridiculous backstory, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season
Premiere, Friday, Netflix) is fun because it explores various elements
of contemporary culture through the lens of a childlike adult who missed
out on years of life experiences and stupid slang terms.
It would be too easy to roll your eyes at the trailer
for Ariel Vromen’s Criminal and assume it’s just another in a long line
of body-switching knockoffs, or worse still, peg it as Kevin Costner’s
latest stab at a Liam Neeson reinvention as an aging action hero
(reminiscent of 3 Days to Kill).
Davis looks like a master of the universe
with every single piece of the American Dream bought and paid for
thanks to the exploitation of generations before him. Life — his life —
is perfect, because he gets to believe the illusion that his hard work
has made it all possible. But what does he know?
Melissa McCarthy slips into Martha Stewart mode in The Boss, co-written and directed by her husband Ben Falcone (Tammy).
Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) might be a captain of industry, but she’s
also crass and completely opportunistic, which leads to getting caught
up in an insider trading deal gone wrong.
Rare indeed that a feature documentary
takes as its focus the life, times and experiences of a critical force,
especially within the restaurant world, but Pulitzer Prize-winning food
critic Jonathan Gold does not limit himself to mere discussions about
food, so why should a film about him do so?
Picking up, in theory, where the 2009 sci-fi action-thriller Gamer (starring Gerard Butler) left off, screenwriter-director Ilya Naishuller (helmer of the video short Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker)
drops viewers into the first-person perspective of Henry.
Joe Henry's 2001 song "Scar" is reminiscent of Atom Egoyan’s film Remember, a solemn exploration
of purpose and a journey of discovery for Zev Guttman (Christopher
Plummer), a recently widowed man suffering from dementia.
Some actors capture a character so well that it’s hard to imagine them portraying anyone else. And for the truly talented, it’s less of a
pigeonhole than a challenge to raise the bar and keep landing solid