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).
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.
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.
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?