Pitch-perfect cast serves ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ very well
So much story to tell, so little time to do it. That’s the modest conundrum—and bittersweet irony—of Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Even with its 132-minute run time, you still may find yourself craving something more—more character development, more understanding of the mindset of some of its key players and more of a sense of real catharsis from its protagonist. Still, there’s only so much you can fit into a film that, for the most part, focuses on 50 years of history as seen through the eyes of a White House butler with remarkable longevity.
Not many. ‘Lovelace’ doesn’t quite rise to the occasion
When Deep Throat was released in 1972, there was no other movie like it at the time. For starters, the pornographic film was the first frothy soiree to actually have a “story” and the film’s star, Linda Lovelace, had more than a knack for fellatio—some actually called her skills art. The combination of porn newbie and plot-in-porn—as outlandish as that plot was—added more fuel to the sexual revolution of the era. And suddenly, at 22, the woman who was born Linda Susan Boreman—a gal who had gone by the nickname “Holy Holy” in her teens—had become a worldwide porn superstar. Six years later, Lovelace denounced her porn career and in the years that followed, she published a memoir (“Ordeal”), which chronicled the untold story of her short-lived adult film journey, and eventually went on to become a spokesperson for the anti-pornography movement.
Woody Allen takes Cate Blanchett to new heights (and lows) in ‘Blue Jasmine’
Cate Blanchett delivers one of the year’s most memorable lines in Blue Jasmine: “Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown … there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.”
Grace, humor infuse tender twilight love story 'Still Mine'
Craig and Irene Morrison like to do things their own way. A rugged farm couple in rural New Brunswick, on Canada's eastern seaboard, they work the farm themselves, milk the cows, collect their chickens' eggs, and drive their own produce to market. But trouble brews when Craig decides to build them a new house on his own land in Still Mine, a wry and tender drama of love, bureaucracy, and stubborn independence from Canadian filmmaker Michael McGowan.
Fear trumps reason in complex Danish drama 'The Hunt'
A disappointed child's remark brings lives to the brink of ruin in Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg's complex drama The Hunt. The story takes shape in the treacherous and fascinating twilight zone between acute moral responsibility and witch-hunting. Not a lot happens in the narrative except ordinary people going about their daily routines—talking, laughing, drinking, making love, going to work—but because the focus is on the ever-unpredictable vagaries of human nature, the film plays like a compelling, edge-of-your-seat thriller.