Then Playing — Cold Pursuit; The Book of Henry; The Naked Spur

Cold Pursuit (Hans Petter Moland, 2019). Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland makes his English-language debut with a remake of one of his own previous features, presumably because the narrative framework was well-suite to the very-particular-set-of-skills era of Liam Neeson’s career. … Continue reading Then Playing — Cold Pursuit; The Book of Henry; The Naked Spur

Playing Catch-Up — The Greatest Showman; At Eternity’s Gate; Brute Force

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017). The unexpected — and slow-building — success of this big screen musical at least provides gratifying evidence that modern audiences remain hungry for original material, no matter how desperately studio executives treat their production … Continue reading Playing Catch-Up — The Greatest Showman; At Eternity’s Gate; Brute Force

Playing Catch-Up — The Endless; Crazy Rich Asians; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, 2018). The directing team behind the cleverly subversive horror film Spring train their storytelling on a strange commune in the hills that beckons back a pair of brothers (as if not busy enough, Justin … Continue reading Playing Catch-Up — The Endless; Crazy Rich Asians; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle