Best known for his sharp, perceptive dialogue, peppered with succinct soliloquies, writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a timely, yet talky tale, utilizing flashbacks and newsreel footage. Free speech and demonstration are interpreted as lawless rioting with the government and its supporters expressing complete faith in the police. Perhaps Sasha Baron-Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman puts it best: “The institutions of government are wonderful things, but right now are populated by some terrible people.”Read more
Those who did not live through the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 or follow coverage of the trial of seven men, the excellent film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven will read as incredible. Just unbelievable. For starters, men accused of being in a conspiracy had never met before that August. For another, a judge appeared to be unqualified at least, viciously loony-tunes at most.Read more
The Founder dusts the surface of business. In the fully competent hands of director John Lee Hancock, who also directedRead more
Michael Keaton (“Spotlight,” “Birdman”) plays ruthless Ray Kroc in this backstory of the ubiquitous McDonald’s franchise, an innovative, assembly-line ideaRead more
Opening Oct. 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Birdman, which sees the welcome return of Michael Keaton as a washed up actor trying to reclaim past glories by staging a play on Broadway. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the hugely talented filmmaker behind the likes of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, and powered by a virtuoso performance from Keaton, Birdman is a knowing – and hugely entertaining – treatise on the fickle nature of fame.