Director and writer Denis Villeneuve (the French-Canadian whose Incendies
was a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee in 2011) arrived at this
year’s Toronto International Film Festival with a double feature (Enemy and Prisoners)
infused with its own moody concoction pairing doubles within doubles...
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presents a case study of a pair of patrolmen: Brian Taylor (Jake
Gyllenhaal), a former soldier who brings that rah-rah spirit to tackling
crime in the streets, and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena), a tough-tender
Hispanic man rooted in the everyday and a powerfully steadfast sense of
Drawn from the same murky well of Hollywood ethical ambiguity that gave us 'Thank You for Smoking' and last year's 'Up in the Air,' 'Love & Other Drugs' audaciously defines its slick anti-hero protagonist as beyond reproach. The filmmakers are clearly banking on the allure of nude sex scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway to attract audiences, but the love story (and sex scenes) don't amount to much. Grade: C.
You can be forgiven for momentarily thinking that the latest production from Disney's adaptation maestro Jerry Bruckheimer might have come from a theme-park ride or that it's based on the wild escapades of an explorer trying to lay his hands on a magical artifact. No, this time Bruckheimer has set his sights on bringing a video game to life, but the movie demands nothing at all. It simply plays out before your eyes. Grade: C.