What can sometimes feel like nothing more than a supercilious descent into poverty in all actuality ends up being anything but, Arnold’s sights set a heck of a lot higher and as such American Honey ends up being all the more essential because of this.
A thrilling recreation of an event that’s still fresh in the public mind, Deepwater Horizon is superbly staged action-drama that uses the tragedy of that 2010 April tragedy as a springboard to tell a story about the triumph of the human spirit and selfless courage under the most unimaginable of circumstances.
Masterminds is messy and unfocused, its satire never as pointed or as effective as it should be, while its more absurdist comedic beats are portrayed with such tongue-in-cheek certainty the laughs they generate aren’t exactly massive. But with a cast this strong there’s still plenty about this effort to applaud, and admittedly I spent much of the film’s 90 or so minutes grinning ear-to-ear, the crazed ridiculousness of it all winning me over more often than not.
I’m not sure how Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be received by the masses, but for my part, even with a handful of strong reservations, Burton’s interpretation of Riggs’ source material kept me suitably intrigued for just about all of its rather enthralling two hours of narrative eccentricity.
Expertly chronicled in 2012 by writer Tim Crothers in an ESPN Magazine article, the true story at the heart of Disney’s Queen of Katwe is an instantly powerful one. Phiona’s story grabs the viewer by the throat, our collective desire as an audience to see this child succeed palpable on an unimaginable scale.
“It’s like life. Every morning you wake up you don’t know what’s going to happen next, and you might have a general idea of where the next five minutes might go but that’s about it. That’s such a freeing feeling.”
” We were just making a movie that reflected the sense of humor that me and my friends had. Just like every kid that makes a movie you make them with your friends. My friends were a little more mixed, a little more extreme and little more brave.”
The Shallows is really entertaining. I don’t have a lot more to add. It’s just a lot of fun to watch. That’s it.
“I think the ‘boys will be boys’ mantra is still alive and well in some corners of society. These hazing rituals still happen, so that expression, boys will be boys, it’s clearly a dangerous one.”