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.
Having met while studying together at New York
University, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck seemingly enjoy their status as
multi-hyphenate indie filmmakers — from their feature run with Half Nelson to Sugar, before attracting greater attention and recognizable stars on It’s Kind of a Funny Story and now Mississippi Grind — never straying too far from their gritty roots, which always linger around the edges of the frames.
Curiously, this dramatic romantic mystery from director Mikael Håfström (The Rite and Escape Plan) and screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive and 47 Ronin)
wallowed on the shelf for years before getting this delayed release in