Archive for August, 2017

11th August
2017
written by Adam

Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner) finds himself in the hunt for whoever is responsible for the mysterious death of a young Native American girl. Paired up with green horn FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) the two have what might be an impossible task in front of them; especially considering how quickly mother nature can erase evidence and the distinct lack of firepower with the tribal police. Only the strong will survive this game of cat and mouse, will Corey and Jane have the fortitude to see their mission to the end? Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan this dark and mysterious drama coupled with a haunting score by the hands of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis has the pedigree and markings of a well thought out piece, full of heavy heart and ripe with suspense. While not a stretch for Renner, Olsen manages to craft a believable character from what could easily go off the rails and make for a cheaper, easier out. And, while Wind River does follow a pattern/formula for Sheridan drawing many similarities to Sicario and Hell or High Water there still manages to be enough new and unexplored territory to keep things interesting and without overstaying its welcome. Worth your time, Wind River is rated R.

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4th August
2017
written by Adam

In a battle for the security of the universe a powerful extraterrestrial gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba) is in search of “The Man in Black” Walter (Matthew McConaughey); meanwhile, the troubling dreams that earthling Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is sketching might prove to be of assistance in the ultimate battle between good and evil. Traveling through portals of time and space Jake and Roland must partner together in order to defend the Dark Tower. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel and based on the novels by Stephen King this Sci-Fi romp accomplishes quite a bit in its scant hour and thirty five minutes of runtime; the setup of multiple worlds, the rounding out of its main characters, and the efficient time management of action against dialogue to keep the beats of the film on pace. Seems mostly legit on paper, so what’s the catch? The catch is, in the end the audience is left with what appears to be yet another Young Adult adventure reaching for the crown of all that have come before it, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Insurgent, The Mortal Instruments, The Golden Compass, I am Number Four, etc.. And, sadly, there doesn’t appear to be enough momentum to break free of earth’s massive gravity to really soar to interstellar heights. None the less, Elba’s performance gives us meat to sink our teeth into against McConaughey’s Christopher Walken/Arch Angel Gabriel inspired villain. You could do a lot worse, but you could also do better, The Dark Tower is rated PG-13.

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4th August
2017
written by Adam

Fifty years since the Detroit Rebellions the details behind the murders of three young African American men at the Algiers Motel remains largely unknown. Recounting the events in brutal detail based on the testimonies of those who were there, this is their story. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal this racially charged history piece shines the light of examination on what is clearly a dark and disappointing moment for Detroit, but also calls to question even more recent events in U.S. history. With a powerhouse ensemble including John Boyega, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Will Poulter, and Anthony Mackie to name a few, Bigelow creates an unforgettable piece that squarely places her combat boot on the throat of the viewer, driving her points of racial inequality and abuse of power only letting up after over two hours and twenty minutes, a welcome that does feel overstayed in the last act. Regardless, the pedigree remains high. Detroit is rated R.

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