David Vann’s writing operates within a tradition of rural American writing notable in its refusal to po-facedly romanticise the rites and customs associated with the land.
The decision to basically ignore the women around which the story is supposed to revolve causes the bottom to fall out of this film, sapping the story of its impact.
Trumbo, to its credit, finds no easy heroics and largely spares the platitudes within this difficult historical context, but accomplishes the rare feat of finding credible familial pathos in this unfamiliar tale.
The potential for the film to be a biting and hilarious satire is adulterated by the treacly and overly sentimental scenes focused on the rife poverty in Bolivia, which ring hollow and clashes with the film’s prevailing message of the falseness of politics.
That the film’s central conflict is over whether Caine’s character will conduct an old composition of his in a special performance for the Queen and Prince Philip suggests the degree to which Sorrentino is dedicated to spoon-feeding the bourgeoisie their own shite.
Goosebumps, the long-running horror book series, makes its big-screen debut featuring Jack Black as series author RL Stine.
The Big Short is a cleverly told story bolstered by a selection of big actors playing against type.
The Revenant is a beautiful, dynamic and gruelling revenge thriller from Alejandro G. Iñárritu. It’s a good time for cowboys in the snow.
A towering technical achievement with real heart, this is a film of extraordinary beauty made by a director who knows the value of patience and, more importantly, how to demonstrate it.
The Hateful Eight sees eight misfits on the right and wrong side of the law brave a storm in a remote cabin somewhere in the wilderness of Wyoming.