Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is in over her
head. A tactical FBI agent with a solid record, the willingness to take
the kill-shot without hesitation and no life outside work to speak of,
Macer is the perfect audience stand-in in Sicario, the latest journey into the heart of darkness masterminded by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.
Remember the golden years of Nickelodeon? You know, Tommy Pickles, orange blimps, Ren & Stimpy, Stick Stickly, gak? Well, just like No Doubt, the tattoo choker and Good Burger — thanks, Jimmy Fallon — ’90s Nick shows are making a comeback, too.
As The Last Man on Earth (Season
Premiere, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox) returns this week, we already know a
few things: First off, the title is a blatant lie. Phil Miller (Will
Forte) is not the last man on Earth. He’s not the last (hu)man on Earth.
He’s not the last male on Earth. He’s not even the last Phil Miller on
The screenwriting and directing duo of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz
has concocted a diabolical hybrid — a movie that taps into the current
indie horror fascination with real slow-building chills, rather than a
slavish adherence to the trend of the moment, found footage, which
thankfully is exiting the frame, but with formal filmmaking nods to the
psychology of evil that we’ve seen in the recent works of Michael Haneke
(The White Ribbon, Funny Games).
The ultimate chess match, between America’s troubled prodigy Bobby
Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the Russian champion Boris Spassky (Liev
Schreiber), spilled over into the geopolitical realm, since the two
masters faced off during the Cold War between the two global
Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother.
Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to
leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relatives in
order to make a good living.
Documentarian Alex Gibney (winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with Taxi to the Dark Side)
beats Danny Boyle’s narrative examination of Steve Jobs, the mercurial
late CEO of Apple, to theaters, offering up what will likely be a more
personal and private look at the man’s life.
The 40th year of the Toronto
International Film Festival (TIFF), the festival of festivals, will
forever be linked in my memories to music. I ended up with a unique
sampler of features and documentaries focusing on the lives of
challenging and tragic musical figures.
Kate Mara and David Oyelowo star in this crime thriller from television
veteran Jerry Jameson, which is based on the true story of Ashley Smith
(author of the memoir Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero).
Baltasar Kormákur, best known, until now, for working with Mark Wahlberg on Contraband and 2 Guns,
sets a new course for himself, tackling the story of a Mount Everest
climbing expedition beset by a severe snow storm.