AFI Fest Review: ‘HOSTILES’ is a sweeping, stinging, socially relevant Western

November 28th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic HOSTILES Rated R, 127 minutes Directed by: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, Ryan Bingham, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons What rules are men bound by in a time when there are no rules? What  ethics guide common decency? Does compassion cease to exist in a cruel, cold place? Is it possible kindness and empathy could return to those with the blackest of ...

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Movie Review: ‘THELMA’ is an extremely slow burning, low-key superhero movie

November 16th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic THELMA Not Rated, 116 minutes Directed by: Joachim Trier Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen Ingenuity is crucial when it comes to either deconstructing or reinventing a well-known, much loved genre. It takes more than just adding in atmospheric tension. An electric current needs to be generated. Director Joachim Trier’s THELMA attempts this and finds a modicum of success, crafting ...

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AFI Fest Review: ‘HAPPY END’ – Unfunny Games

November 15th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic HAPPY END Rated R, 107 minutes Director: Michael Haneke Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Laura Verlinden and Franz Rogowski Filmmaker Michael Haneke is a provocateur. He gets off on toying with audience emotions. And he doesn’t seem the least bit invested in the concept of “likability.” Never is this more abundantly clear than in HAPPY END. Wildly inaccessible from ...

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