Devil in a Blue Dress 11/14/19
Director and screenwriter Carl Franklin (One False Move) has mounted a stunning recreation of 1940's Los Angeles that owes a lot to films like The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown, but this story is given a unique flavor with a central character who is African American, which is consistently addressed throughout as Easy and the viewer are never allowed to forget that, in 1941, this is still a black man in a white man's world and Franklin'ss screenplay carefully examines that concept without the sledgehammer intensity that pervades so many other racially motivated dramas.
Dolemite Is My Name 11/10/19
Director Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) mounts Rudy's story with loving respect and detail, almost too much detail, as the center of the film between Rudy's nightclub career and his movie career, starts to sag a little, but what's on either side of that center is pure gold.
101 Dalmatians 11/05/19
Set in England, this is the story of a pair of spotted dalmatians named Pongo and Perdita who are overjoyed when Perdita gives birth to 15 puppies, but their happiness is short-lived when the puppies are kidnapped by a couple of dim-witted bad guys employed by Cruella DeVille, the evil and demented former schoolmate of Perdita's mistress, who wants to turn the puppies into coats, along with the other 84 dalmatians that Cruella has already procured for her evil fashion mission.
The Falcon and the Snowman 10/28/19
Christopher's troubled relationship with his father documented at the beginning of the story seems to be pure exposition at first, but this relationship actually triggers a lot of Christopher's behavior in the story, particularly when Christopher's guilt about what he's doing kicks in.
Cape Fear 10/26/19
The story is especially compelling because of this enigmatic character Max Cady, who establishes his penchant for evil minutes into the film, but what makes Max different from other movie psychos is that his evil is seamlessly blended with intelligence.
White Oleander 10/23/19
Kosminsky also works wonders with a clearly hand-picked cast...Allison Lohman is incredible as Astrid, making the transition that the character goes through completely believable, Equally impressive were Amy Aquino as a sympathetic child service worker, Robin Wright Penn in a flashy turn as a foster parent, and Patrick Fugit as a love interest for Astrid, Fugit's first film after his star-making performance in Almost Famous.
Betsy's Wedding 10/21/19
These characters were their own people and Alda never allows his character or his direction to get in the way of that, which sets this film apart from most of his film work as a writer and director and made this cinematic journey a lot of fun.
The In-Laws 10/21/19
This version of the film does beef up the expected action, but it's the relationship between these two very different that is the core of this story and what made the 1979 film so funny.
The 1983 film is actually a documentary centered around a fictional figure named Leonard Zelig.
Paris Blues 10/18/19
Ritt creates an intoxicating setting for this story, setting it in the most romantic city in the world and using the inspired decision to film in black and white, which actually makes the City of Lights look just as appealing as Gene Kelly made it look in An American in Paris.