This week’s new theatrical releases are small in number, but mighty in importance: the conclusion of one of the era’s biggest franchises, one of the best indie movies of the year, one of the best documentaries of the fall, and… another one.
My Best Friend’s Wedding is getting turned into a TV show. Sort of. The show, which is being developed by ABC, will not repeat the film’s plot (the wedding of a friend, getting in the way of a wedding of a friend, then ultimately letting a friend wed), but instead will be a sequel of sorts.
If last week’s aesthetically impressive but insubstantial (Pan, The Walk) film offerings steered you away from the cineplex, perhaps this week’s trifecta of captivating dramas (Room, Beasts of No Nation, and Crimson Peak) will cure your movie malaise. As long as you avoid uninspired revisitations of pasts that didn’t need to be unearthed — a rundown of every goose that R.L. Stine ever bumped and a #Rathergate film — you should be safe from mediocrity.
Truth is simplistic, pedestrian swill, no matter when you release it; putting it out so close to Spotlight merely emphasizes its already overpowering flaws. …Read More
“That Tunnel You’re in When You First Fall in Love”: Todd Haynes on ‘Carol’ and His Radical Approach to Identity
Todd Haynes’ Carol is sure to be a great success, at least for a movie explicitly about and for adults, but hopefully that success won’t come at the cost of reducing it to a “lesbian film.”
There’s a secondary character in Carol who spends his time watching movies over and over, analyzing them, filling in the blanks and teasing out the subtext, and it’s not much of a stretch to guess director Todd Haynes sees something of himself in that character. …Read More
The first trailer for Truth, the film written and directed by Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt, was just released. Based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir about the events that led her to be scapegoated in the Rathergate scandal (or, if you prefer less juicy wording, the “Killian documents controversy”, Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was praised for its accuracy by Dan Rather himself.
Three films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this past week—Trumbo, Truth, and Spotlight—examine the fragility of the First Amendment in eras past and present, but their effectiveness depends entirely on their ability to apply that lens of scrutiny to themselves. …Read More