10 Cloverfield Lane ***
Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself locked and chained in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life.
A difficult film to define: Weird, taut, extremely tense 3-person play with often brilliant cinematic orchestration and performances. Its heavy reliance on contrivances in the end – and its adherence to being a “spiritual successor” to the original Cloverfield (2008) – will irk some, but as a spooky thriller it’s superb.
d – Dan Trachtenberg
w – Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
ph – Jeff Cutter
pd – Ramsey Avery
m – Bear McCreary
ed – Stefan Grube
cos – Meagan McLaughlin
p – JJ Abrams, Lindsey Weber
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr
A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Disastrously plotted crime thriller with no serious themes or characters, rather empty husks for its all-star cast to engulf. Extremely dumb.
d – John Hillcoat
w – Matt Cook
ph – Nicolas Karakatsanis
pd – Tim Grimes
m – Bobby Krlic, Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne
ed – Dylan Tichenor
cos – Margot Wilson
p – Keith Redmon, Bard Dorros, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Christopher Woodrow
Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer, Clifton Collins, Jr.
The Finest Hours
The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Respectable but completely by-the-numbers disaster-drama based on true events. Its pleasures are intermittent.
d – Craig Gillespie
w – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson (Based on the Book by Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias)
ph – Javier Aguirresarobe
pd – Michael Corenblith
m – Carter Burwell
ed – Tatiana S. Riegel
cos – Louise Frogley
p – Dorothy Aufiero, James Whitaker
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle Gallner
Wrongfully accused and on the run, a top MI6 assassin joins forces with his long lost, football hooligan brother to save the world from a sinister plot.
Crudely shot gross-out comedy which might be funnier if read as a one-page summary. Cohen’s anal fixation is becoming tiresome.
d – Louis Leterrier
w – Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham
ph – Oliver Wood
pd – Kave Quinn
m – David Buckley, Erran Baron Cohen
ed – Jonathan Amos, Evan Henke, James Thomas
cos – Paco Delgado
p – Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Ant Hines, Nira Park, Todd Schulman
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Scott Adkins, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood, Sam Hazeldine, Tamsin Egerton, Johnny Vegas