‘Rush’ fires on all cylinders
Racing movie one of the year’s best
It isn’t easy to make a great sports movie. There are plenty of decent examples and quite a few good ones, but the true greats are exceedingly rare. It is just too difficult to marry the greatness of sport with the requirements of great cinema.
So when a great sports movie does make an appearance, it warrants our attention.
Love and pornography – ‘Don Jon’
Gordon-Levitt makes feature writing, directorial debut
When an actor – even a talented one – makes his or her first foray behind the camera, viewers should always approach with some trepidation. Talent in one film-related arena does not necessarily equate to talent in another. And when the actor in question has written and directed the film – one in which he himself stars – all you can do is cross your fingers and hope for the best.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Looper”) has managed it better than most.
Take no ‘Prisoners’
Quality direction, performances elevate thriller
The best films are the ones that provoke reactions long after you’ve seen them. There are few things in the pop cultural world as rewarding as a movie that prompts you to ask yourself the big questions - questions about your own basic nature, about how what we do defines who we are.
“Prisoners” is one of those movies; it holds up a mirror and asks us if we’re really so different from what we’re seeing before us. It’s the sort of movie that, for better or worse, stays with us long after the credits roll.
A losing ‘Battle’
“Battle of the Year” a trite, tepid dance movie
There’s something to be said for knowing that a movie is going to be bad before you go into it. While I’m generally a proponent of doing my utmost to give any film the benefit of the doubt, there are plenty of offerings whose lack of quality is impossible to ignore.
I’ll also admit to not being a huge fan of the dance movie genre. It’s rare for me to be genuinely engaged by a story of how a youth center/school/neighborhood/who-gives-a-crap is going to be saved by the power of dance.
Little value in ‘The Family’
Film much less than the sum of its parts Sometimes, you look at a film and you can just tell that it isn’t going to work, no matter how impeccable the pedigree of the people involved. For instance, if someone were to say that Luc Besson was going to direct and co-write a Mafia action comedy starring Robert DeNiro (“Killing Season”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“People Like Us”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Men in Black 3”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, you’d probably think that that had a chance to be a pretty good movie.
‘Beneath The Harvest Sky’ – Tales from the set
“Beneath The Harvest Sky”, a drama of remarkable depth and beauty, is set to premiere at theaters throughout Maine on Friday, April 25 – one week before it opens nationally.
Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) and Casper (Emory Cohen) are two high school seniors – best friends of antithetical character - determined to leave their small Maine border town amid a backdrop of the potato harvest, sex, drugs, rock and roll, love, death and betrayal.
Mike Mills of R.E.M. coming to Maine for Record Store Day, April 19
It’s fitting that Mike Mills has plans to celebrate Record Store Day in Maine at Bull Moose in Scarborough on April 19. The former bassist for R.E.M. and co-writer of some of the band’s most enduring songs makes a point to seek out the best music stores in most every town he visits.
“I still go into Wuxtry Records in Athens,” Mills told me in a phone interview. R.E.M’s Peter Buck was behind the counter at Wuxtry 35 years ago when Michael Stipe was a frequent customer. The store was a catalyst in the formation of one of rock’s most influential bands. “I’ve been to Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon. I was in Amoeba in Los Angeles not long ago. I hit record stores whenever I can,” Mills said.
Fifty shades of gray – ‘Blithe Spirit’
Theatre presents Coward classic in ‘living black-and-white’
EDDINGTON – In the world of Technicolor entertainment in which we live, it can be easy to forget that our viewing experiences once existed in a realm of black and white.
The truly grand ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’
Anderson’s latest is among his best
As someone who spends a lot of time in the flickering light of the movie theater, I’ve gotten fairly familiar with the distinctive styles (or lack thereof) of a number of Hollywood’s most popular and prolific filmmakers. And yet, out of all of them, there’s one that stands out.
Flood and blood - ‘Noah’
Biblical epic attempts to fill in the gaps
There are certain filmmakers whose resumes surprise us, either by being unexpectedly lengthy or unexpectedly short. Darren Aronofsky definitely falls into the latter category. He’s the sort of guy that I always think is more prolific than he actually is. With his latest, the Biblical epic “Noah,” his total number of directed features is all the way up to … six.
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