Poor Things, a screenplay from the pen of Tony McNamara (Cruella, The Favourite), from a novel by Alasdair Gray, gets the Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) treatment as he directs Emma Stone like you’ve never seen her before in this sci fi black comedy reanimated romance that can only be described as extraordinarily weird. One could look at Poor Things as a story of feminism. A depressed and kept woman breaks away to successfully take control of her life, but is her empowerment all done through a male perspective? This makes Poor Things, as odd as it is, the perfect discussion film.Read more
Adapting a beloved best-seller isn’t easy, but screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and director Shawn Levy (“Stranger Things”) tackle Anthony Doerr’s 544-page, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel – All the Light We Cannot See – with timely relevance since antisemitism is – once again – rampant. Set in occupied France during W.W.II, the epic story – often told in flashbacks – revolves around blind Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) who lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her devoted father, Daniel LeBlanc (Mark Ruffalo), is a master locksmith.Read more
Poor Things, the latest film from provocative director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), is full of plenty of idiosyncrasies—par for the course from the Oscar nominee who crafted a romance (The Lobster) in a society where single people become animals should they fail to find a mate. Here, the scientist belches bubbles that float above the dining table, his house rife with animals spliced from different species, such as a duck with dog’s feet. The shots vary in composition and style, moving from scenes in black and white to those with a fish-eye lens and in hyper-saturated colors.Read more
Still grieving over the death of his father, nerdy, asthmatic 12-year-old Adam finds it difficult to cope with school bullies. Then, one night, he discovers a wounded fighter pilot hiding in his garage.
To Adam’s astonishment, the pilot turns out to be a buff, older version of himself from 2050, when time-travel is trendy. He needs incredulous young Adam to help him on a secret mission which involves going back to 2018 to find their workaholic physicist father, who can save future mankind from total chaos by changing the past.
In the vein of Erin Brockovich and Spotlight, Dark Waters charts the marathon, eighteen-year legal investigation and fight to hold DuPont responsible for lethal contamination of water in and around Parkersburg, West Virginia. This gripping, true story uncovers DuPont’s appalling dumping of over seven thousand tons of the toxic, nonbiodegradable chemical known as C8 or PFOA.Read more
While the topic of whistleblowing is timely, this legal drama, inspired by true events, gets bogged down in dull procedural trivia. Back in 1998, Cincinnati corporate environmental defense attorney Robert Bilott was approached by a desperate West Virginia farmer, Wilbur Tennant who told him that toxic waste from DuPont was either causing disastrous birth defects and/or killing his cows.Read more
“A little gift from me to me.” That’s how A Fish in the Bathtub’s Sam Kaplan describes the title creature.
It also serves as an apt characterization of the movie itself, a long-delayed gift from gifted filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver. A Fish in the Bathtub debuted before the turn of the millennium. The 20th-anniversary restoration deftly illustrates Silver’s timeless talents — and time’s inevitable toll.
Maya Forbes’ episodic, autobiographical family comedy is based on her own confusing childhood in the late 1970s in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Read more