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You may wonder in light of what the Emmett Till case involves how anyone saw feature film potential in this story, let alone a film intended to receive wide release in theaters. And yet that question does not linger as Chinonye Chukwu digs into this ugly and painful chapter and unearths the opportunity it presents us to do better today.
With no perms, disco, put-upon accents, and love triangle, Amsterdam does not have the same arresting quality that defined American Hustle, but it similarly and effortlessly sustains our interest and with its own eccentric arsenal of shrapnel art, a sometimes uncooperative glass eyeball, and potent pain-relieving eye drops. Russell is a master at mining human foibles and high-stakes interactions for both entertainment and emotion.
The problems start at the top, with a protagonist who is difficult to sympathize with. A horror movie heroine must only be endearing enough for us to not want them to die. Rose somehow never comes close to clearing that low bar, leading you to suspect Bacon's last name got her this part (yes, her dad is Kevin).
It’s hard to be disappointed in any major way by a film that is admirably honoring the theatrical tradition, giving something for the writers of AARP to cover, telling a story about older people that isn't just aging and Viagra jokes, and giving roles of substance to talented veterans too good to stay on the fringes.
This light, diverting comic mystery is like a Poirot movie played for laughs or I guess what Knives Out was for many viewers. But instead of prominent sweaters and political soapboxing, first-time director Tom George and second-time screenwriter Mark Chappell run with wit, puns, character development, and a narrative that holds our interest.
Adapting A.s. Byatt’s 1994 short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye”, Longing opens with our attentions fixed on Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), a British academic in Istanbul to speak at a literary conference. There, a decorative lamp she obtains from an antiquities marketplace is revealed to hold a Djinn, or, to those of us that grew up with Aladdin, a genie. Alithea’s Djinn (Idris Elba) is a formidable presence who barely fits inside her nice hotel room.
Pixar’s high-water mark of digital animation—a prescient vision of a dystopian future within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story.
Disney+ Day brings the studio’s latest live‑action reimagining of an animated classic. Director Robert Zemeckis brings Walt’s second feature film into the fold with a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans, and Joseph Gordon‑Levitt as the voice of Jiminy Cricket.
Delia Owens’ bestselling novel tells the story of a girl who raises herself in the marshes of North Carolina and finds herself on trial for the murder of one of her two significant loves. Daisy Edgar‑Jones and David Strathairn head the cast of this coming‑of‑age drama.