The first clue that What If, the
new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from
the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe
as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things.
Boyhood, as you've probably already heard, is a
different kind movie. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same
cast, filmmaker Richard Linklater's perceptive ode to family and the
life of one specific boy (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6
to 18 is also about the simple passage of time...
At one time, the title for Doug Liman’s new release was All You Need is Kill
and it featured a raw 18-year-old military recruit sucked into a
time-fractured narrative that had him reliving the same day on what
seemed like an endless loop — a D-Day style attack on an alien outpost
on the Normandy beachhead that concluded with great losses to the human
Last year’s Toronto International Film Festival offered big ticket selections like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave that would go on to claim the lion’s share of the attention during the awards season; advance previews of titles like Don Jon, Prisoners and Rush seeking to grab some last minute buzz before their opening weekends...
Steven Knight, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (and director) of Dirty Pretty Things, updates the means of communication in his new feature, Locke,
but also strips the premise down to the core — to truly shocking
At first glance, it would seem that we
identify with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) because he is an Everyman, a
kid really, who stumbles upon great power and accepts the weighty
responsibility that comes with it. But dig a little deeper and, in fact,
there’s nothing at all about Peter Parker that’s relatable.
When we first encounter Dom Hemingway
(Jude Law), he is addressing us while being “serviced,” if you will. It
takes a moment for us to realize the nature of the “servicing” and the
location, but it becomes quite clear that Dom is full of himself and
enjoying the moment...