Archives for April 2021

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REVIEW | Stefano Sollima’s adaptation “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” takes almost everything from the novel and completely throws it out

New Republic Pictures / Midnight Radio / Outlier Society
Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith and Jamie Bell
Directed by Stefano Sollima

In Tom Clancy’s excellent 1993 novel “Without Remorse,” a former Navy Seal Vietnam Veteran named John Kelly loses his pregnant wife in a car accident, befriends a former prostitute, helps her kick drugs, and finds her murdered by her ex-pimp who almost kills Kelly as well. Seeking revenge by murdering pimps and drug dealers, Kelly decimates a drug ring, goes on a mission to rescue POWs and ... more >

“The ones that get made are the ones that drop down into your heart and say ‘yes’” (TALKING WITH KEN BURNS AND LYNN NOVICK OF “HEMINGWAY”)

The three-part, six-hour documentary film "Hemingway" is airing on PBS right now

Ken Burns knows he only has so much time left to make a certain number of movies. It’s getting harder to pick and choose which of the many ideas for his trademark multipart documentaries will get his full attention—but choose he must. “As I get older, I get greedier. Because you realize there are so many subjects that you want to touch, and there’s not gonna be enough time to do them all,” ... more >

“I lost my family for a case that I was just not able to close,” woes and the fracas of a big time L.A. police investigation in “City of Lies”

Film was in a holding pattern for three years
Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker and Toby Huss
Directed by Brad Furman

After being canned for three years (allegedly due to pressure from the Los Angeles police department) Brad Furman’s “City of Lies” was rolled out last month. Although it would have benefited from a longer running time and deeper examination into the facts (this story would shine as a three-hour street crime epic), Brad Furman’s procedural gets to the meat of the inquiry into the murders of the ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL announces opening film: “Annette” by Leos Carax

IT'S ALIVE! The Cannes Festival, much like the sphinx rising from the ashes, announced today that it will open its July edition with a Leos Carax movie, "Annette," starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. Anyone who reads Screen Comment and my fourteen year-long exclusive coverage of the world's best film festival for this magazine will know that Cannes normally takes place in May but, what with ... more >

INTERVIEW : Ed Helms and Patti Harrison of “Together, Together”

Film was a part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison have such singular chemistry in the new film “Together Together” that one might assume that they have known each other for years. Not so, they both said when speaking about the film. “I knew of him,” said Harrison over video chat, eliciting perhaps the hint of a smile from her co-star, who is known for his time on “The Daily Show” as well as “The Hangover” films and ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “East of the Mountains”

Dealing with life, on your own terms
Mira Sorvino, Tom Skerritt and Annie Gonzalez
Directed by S.J. Chiro

How has Tom Skerritt never been the star of a movie before? It took a while—way too long—but now at 87, Skerritt delivers a performance that belies a soulfulness and reservoir of talent that has only been briefly glimpsed in his numerous supporting roles over the years. “East of the Mountains” opened Thursday as part of the (virtual) Seattle Film Festival, which is the precisely correct venue ... more >

Ben Wheatley’s “IN THE EARTH” (REVIEW)

Virus movie. It's happening.
Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith and Hayley Squires
Directed by Ben Wheatley

The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on the entire world. 2020 and, so far, 2021 have been devastating economically but, most importantly, socially. People are struggling everywhere to maintain their finances and their homes while a demon in virus form breathes its devilish fire on our planet. I’d presume the new film “In the Earth” was borne of this time, even though writer/director Ben ... more >