Who isn’t willing a Nic Cage return to form?
THE CAPTAIN (Der Hauptmann) ★★★★★
D: Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, R.I.P.D., Red, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Flightplan).
S: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Alexander Fehling, Waldemar Kobus, Frederick Lau.
Three years in a row Germany has delivered one of the best films of the year. A Nazi deserter kills dozens of other Nazis to survive. Visceral, brutal, allegorical. Expertly crafted.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-captain.html
Charlize. Sharlto. Joel.
Was anyone asking for another instalment?
D: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang).
S: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig.
A film about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, and from the director of MUSTANG, on paper appeared to be a doozy. The end result is disappointing.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/kings.html
THE CHILDREN ACT ★☆☆☆☆
D: Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Stage Beauty, Iris).
S: Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Eileen Walsh, Stanley Tucci.
Far from a satisfactory examination of existential crises. Richard Eyre is not a good filmmaker at the best of times, but this is tripe. A contender for worst film of the year.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-children-act.html
Out to own today:
Brawl In Cell Block 99
D: David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury, Sabotage, End of Watch, Street Kings, Harsh Times).
S: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Jay Hernandez, Margaret Cho, Ike Barinholtz, Edgar Ramírez.
ALIEN NATION already kind of did this. A race relations movie for those that voted for Brexit and Trump. Too obvious for everyone else.
Some neat production design. Thrill-wise, incoherent universe-building and an inane story.
OCEAN’S 12 > OCEAN’S 11 > OCEAN’S 13. Where will OCEAN’S 8 fit in?
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