Everyone has issues. But in "Colossal," one woman's issues might be responsible for city-destroying giant monsters
Released nationwide this week after making a splash on the
festival circuit last fall, the movie "Free Fire" is an over-the-top crime-thriller
about a black market arms deal that goes horribly, unexpectedly wrong in 1978
Boston. The film has earned a great deal of praise for its cast -- which
includes recently-minted Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer -- and for writer-director Ben Wheatley
("High-Rise," "A Field in England"), who turns a simple story into an audacious
exercise in action filmmaking.
A black market arms deal goes south in spectacularly bloody
fashion in the darkly comedic crime-thriller "Free Fire," the latest from
prolific British director Ben Wheatley. The filmmaker's follow-up to his
ambitious but flawed dystopian satire "High-Rise," "Free Fire," is an
audacious, over-the-top genre exercise that's somewhat scattershot in
execution, but it makes for a wildly entertaining ride.
What the hell, Vin Diesel? No, I'm not mad that you've
ignored my four prior letters; I know you're busy cranking out forgettable
cash-grabs like "The Last Witch Hunter" or whatever sequel you've decided to
beat to death.
After taking a spin
through the realm of mega budget superhero films with "The Amazing Spider-Man"
and its sequel, director Marc Webb now helms the charming family drama
"Gifted," returning to the type of small-scale filmmaking that first brought
him success. It's not too surprising to find that the "(500) Days of Summer"
director seems much more comfortable with this type of character-driven story:
the best scenes in his Spidey films all revolved around the relationship
between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy.
The RIFF will screen 29 shorts by filmmakers from across the globe
In the heist comedy "Going in Style," Michael Caine, Morgan
Freeman, and Alan Arkin star as Joe, Willie, and Albert, lifelong friends who
hatch a drastic, late-in-life plan to become bank robbers. The catalyst for
this career change comes after the factory which employs the men suddenly
decides to shift manufacturing overseas to Vietnam, leaving their workforce
jobless and denying their pensions.
The exceptionally assured feature debut of French
writer-director Julia Ducournau, "Raw" is a deeply unnerving coming-of-age
story and must-see viewing for iron-stomached horror fans. The film
follows 16-year-old Justine (Garance Marillier), a strict vegetarian with a deep and abiding
love of animals, who is on her way to her first year of veterinary school.
A pleasantly old-fashioned melodrama, "Frantz" takes place in
the immediate aftermath of World War I. The film centers around Anna (wonderful
newcomer Paula Beer), a young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in
combat. She continues to live with Frantz's parents, the Hoffmeisters,
and they treat her as they would their own daughter.
When German forces ended their occupation of Denmark in the
immediate aftermath of World War II, they left behind millions of landmines -- planted
in preparation for an Allied invasion that never came -- on beaches along the
west coast of the country. The removal of those explosives became a task left
to German POWs, and an outlet for the widespread hatred of those who carried
out the Nazis' horrific practices.
Now in its third year, the Fast Forward Film Festival has expanded to include 17 entries among its official selections. The films, all created by locals, and each clocking in at five minutes or less, include a balanced mix of independent documentaries and animated shorts.