Does the second half of Stephen King’s sprawling, epic horror story live up to the promise of 2017’s It? Would it sink or float? After all, “they all float down here,” right? Unfortunately, It Chapter 2 is an overlong, bloated, messy, loud, often silly movie.
Pride & Prejudice is a film that I will never tire of watching, but as we know Keira Knightley is more than just a period piece actress. Cinema spotlights life in all forms and fashions, and filmmaker Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets offers up one of Knightley’s most razor sharp performances.
Ben Kingsley, simply put, is convincing in any role he chooses to tackle. With Spider in the Web, Kingsley is a Mossad agent who attempts one final mission before he is put out to pasture. Thanks to a surprisingly resonant storyline and subtle hand from filmmaker Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride), the film scores on different levels.
The crime thriller genre may not be as well-worn as the coming of age tales or romcoms, but there’s enough out there to forge a predictable path. Writer/director Aaron Harvey’s latest film Into The Ashes has the look and feel of a straight ahead revenge drama, but it takes a left turn and makes a pretty big gamble. From where I sit, the gamble pays off from the get go.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a fable that, although light in tone, is deceptively ambitious. Set in France, Italy, Spain, Libya, England, and India, this tale is essentially several movies rolled into one, and I was surprisingly swept away by the experience.
Mick Garris is inviting you to a screening at his Nightmare Cinema: slashers, sadistic plastic surgeons, and killer priests….oh my! But is this a series of nightmares worth remembering, or is it a forgetful endeavor altogether?
Peel is a coming of age drama about an adult (Emile Hirsch) with arrested development. Such a plot could make for an innocuous and forgettable feature, but director Rafael Monserrate aims for a much deeper experience and absolutely delivers on that subtle promise.