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.
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.