Lost souls grasp for the unattainable in one of the year’s most sublime and powerful films
You don’t experience many movies like this coming out of Hollywood lately, so when you do, it’s best to take notice and relish the journey. Much like Crash exposed the decay of social mores with its colliding parallel storylines, Disconnect brilliantly captures the lack of real connection taking place in a world that, ironically, appears to be more “connected” through technology.
Great performances fuel riverside coming-of-age tale 'Mud'
This is what rehab looks like. No, not from drugs and alcohol; this kind of rehab happens when an actor known for a certain level or genre of work has the moxie to reinvent himself onscreen through some smart role choices. The actor here is Matthew McConaughey, and in Jeff Nicholls’ edgy, hypnotic Mud, he breaks out of B-grade action movies and rom-com purgatory in a big way.
Robert Redford weaves together a captivating tale in ‘The Company You Keep’
There are a number of captivating scenes in The Company You Keep that draw attention to how much has changed in America since the 1970s. Actually, these scenes expose, somewhat hauntingly and quite vividly, how different one generation is from the other, and the film, directed with emotional depth by Robert Redford, points out what may be missing on today’s cultural landscape—honest journalism (what? Bloggers won’t do?) and a bastion of individuals who care about their country so strongly that they’d put their lives on the line while fighting for justice.
Hollywood's love affair with the post-apocalyptic future of Earth continues in Oblivion. Co-written and directed by Joseph Kosinski, adapted from his own graphic novel, the story gives us a devastated landscape that used to be New York City, a human worker bee who survived the holocaust with a thirst for history, and has begun to question his mission, and a lot of really cool high-tech CGI machines that pivot around in mid-air and shoot from all directions. (No surprise that Kosinski's last film was the video-centric TRON: Legacy.)
Malick's latest 'To the Wonder' a halfhearted sketch of rehashed dynamics
You could never accuse filmmaker and master craftsman Terrence Malick of oversaturating the marketplace. There's never been any less than a five-year interval between the six films he's made in the last 40 years (and usually much longer)—until now. Hot on the sprockets of The Tree of Life, from 2011, comes Malick's latest, To The Wonder. And now we know once and for all why he should never, ever be rushed.
Gals from Down Under turn heads playing unlikely crooners, but ‘The Sapphires’ wins points for its sizzle and originality
Four Aboriginal women morph into The Supremes Down Under in The Sapphires, but it’s not the festive music or passionate singing that makes this film the precious little gem it is. It’s the acting and the writing. And that’s downright refreshing considering the majority of mind-numbing productions that come out of Hollywood these days.
The good news is that The Sapphires isn’t “Hollywood” at all.