The opening sentences of The New York Times’ 1967 review of D.A. Pennebaker’s now-classic documentary Don’t Look Back
read as follows: “It will be a good joke on us all if, in 50 years or
so, Dylan is regarded as a significant figure in English poetry."
Co-directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s engrossing documentary Best of Enemies
focuses on Gore Vidal's and William F. Buckley Jr.'s battles during the ’68 conventions, which were
broadcast live on ABC.
Right away, Ryan Coogler lets us know that we’re in good and special hands with Creed, his Rocky
spinoff that arrives with not only the complete blessing of series
creator Sylvester Stallone, but also with his quietly mesmerizing
appearance as Rocky Balboa.
Uncorked captures the stress, skill and excitement that goes into
preparing for a test only about 8 percent of folks pass. The new series
follows six sommeliers preparing for the 2015 Master exam, which means
lots of flashcards, small competitions and endless bottles of vino.
Director Paul McGuigan (Push and Lucky Number Slevin) and writer Max Landis (American Ultra and Chronicle)
approach this reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale from
the perspective of the trusted assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe).
Having detailed a pair of global wartime narratives (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken), Angelina Jolie turns to a more intimate battlefield, starring in By the Sea alongside husband Brad Pitt.
The trend of breaking up final installments of movies
based on bestselling literary adaptations seeks not only to milk the
material for extra box-office receipts, but also to create an
action-packed finale for the ages.
Writer-director Jonathan Levine has made a name for
himself as a filmmaker on the verge and the edge, tiptoeing the dividing line between comedy and drama that have sought to fully earn the hybrid dramedy label for the millennial set.
Yet another reimagining of previously filmed material, although this time writer-director Billy Ray (Breach) tackles Argentinian Juan José Campanella’s Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes.
I still remember the first time I took notice of actor Emory Cohen onscreen. In the Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines, he played the pampered son of Bradley Cooper’s reluctant cop-turned-hero.