"What They Had" - ★ ★ ½ "What They Had" begins, appropriately, in a state of confusion. Ruth (Blythe Danner) has wandered from her Chicago apartment into the snowy night, and husband Burt (Robert Forster) can't find her. (Ruth has Alzheimer's and is just as likely to be headed for her childhood home as her current one.) Burt summons his middle-aged son, Nicky (Michael Shannon), who's concerned but also furious. He knew this would happen. Soon Ruth and Burt's daughter, Bridget (Hilary Swank), is on her way from California with her college-age daughter, Emma (Taissa Farmiga). Nicky resents Bridget for distancing herself from their parents' problems; sulky Emma also resents her mother, but for other reasons.After Ruth is found safe, a doctor explains that something bad might have happened to her. If it seems obvious that Ruth needs the sort of care available in a home for people with incipient dementia, that's not clear to Burt. While Bridget basically agrees with … [Read more...] about Movie review: Story gets muddled in well-acted ‘What They Had’
11 minutes ago Depending on how Avengers 4 goes, Chris Evans may potentially be saying goodbye to his iconic role as Captain America after almost 10 years as the first Avenger. In the strenuous casting process that ended in Evans' favor years ago, there was another actor neck and neck with him before he nabbed the role: Wilson Bethel. The actor makes his debut today on Marvel Television's Daredevil season 3 as the classic villain Bullseye, but there was a time when he felt he lost out on the role of a lifetime. Bethel auditioned, screen tested, screen tested again and even wore Cap's suit, leading him to believe he might be the leader of the MCU's Avengers, but you know what happened instead. In Bethel's words: At the time when Wilson Bethel auditioned for Captain America, he was a relative newcomer to the industry with just a few acting credits, so his ability to get so close to nabbing the role is quite impressive. But Chris Evans had already lead quite a few successful films, … [Read more...] about Losing The Captain America Role Was The Hardest Moment In Wilson Bethel’s Career
Obtain your tickets to see Halloween at the Alamo Drafthouse here. Obtain your copy of BMD's Halloween issue here. As you may have heard by now, there's a new Halloween movie coming out today. Normally this is only of interest to people like me, but a number of factors have made it an event anticipated on the level usually reserved for comic book movies. There are a couple of reasons for this: one is that - unlike the last five entries - it's actually being released close to its namesake holiday, so people are more in the mood for pumpkin-spiced slashing than they are in August. Another is that it has thrown out all of the other sequels' storylines, so you don't need to know your Druid history in order to follow along. But really, it's because Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, which is what made H20 such a big deal when it came out in 1998. No one (including me) ever thought we'd see her in a Halloween movie again, and, not for nothing, a Blumhouse … [Read more...] about Jamie Lee Curtis Owes Her Career To John…Landis?
Directed, written by and starring Rupert Everett, "The Happy Prince" is a genuine passion project, a creative act existing completely in its own space and on its own terms. Both in his disciplined filmmaking, with each scene choreographed as carefully as a dance, and his portrayal of playwright and author Oscar Wilde in decay far past his prime, Everett delivers an almost unbearably bittersweet feast for the senses. Handsomely shot across period-appropriate European locations, the film is faithful to the facts. The heart of the tale is the twilight of Wilde's legend, the final three years of his life. Wilde, the 20th century's first true pop celebrity, had just completed two years' hard labor in prison for his crime of being gay and out in Victorian England. That was all it took to end his glorious days basking in the applause of audiences for "The Importance of Being Earnest." In 1897, with a ruined reputation and failing health, he became an outcast in France, imprisoned by … [Read more...] about Rupert Everett’s moving ‘Happy Prince’ stages Oscar Wilde’s tragic final act
By Walter Addiego Published 10:40 am PDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 306 Hollywood: This documentary focuses on Elan and Jonathan Bogarin, who conduct a kind of archaeological study of the contents of the house where their grandmother lived for 67 years. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco: James Crump documents the life and work of fashion illustrator Lopez, whose heyday was the 1970s. The Church: This horror offering is set in a Philadelphia church inhabited by spirits of past congregation members. Filmmakers Unite: A program of 13 short films by various makers regarding the state of the union in the era of President Trump. San Francisco filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Ellen Bruno curated the shorts. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.: A documentary by Steve Loveridge about the English-Sri Lankan singer M.I.A. The Old Man & the Gun: Robert Redford stars as a gentleman bank robber at the end of his career. Also with Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Redford has said … [Read more...] about Week’s new movies include Robert Redford’s farewell to acting