, 101 m., 2013
Vanessa Hudgens (Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey), Brendan Fraser (Tom Fitzpatrick), Rosario Dawson (June Bailey), James Earl Jones (Frank McCarthy), Dascha Polanco (Carmel), Stephanie Szostak (Joanna Fitzpatrick), Emily Meade (Cassandra), Ann Dowd (Kathy), Candace Smith (Marie Abeanni), Tashiana Washington (Destiny / Princess), Rachel Mattila Amberson (Nicky ‘Pink Friday’ (as Rachel Mattila)), Eddie Schweighardt (Dustin), Hector Lincoln (June’s Boyfriend), Sheila Tapia (Officer Ganz), Peter Epstein (Taxi driver). Directed by Ron Krauss and produced by Krauss and Jeff Rice. Screenplay by Krauss.
Ron Krauss’ Gimme Shelter, or (as it should be known) Apple Bailey’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, continues the ‘deglamification’ of former High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. Continue reading
, 141 m., 2013
Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela), Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela), Tony Kgoroge (Walter Sisulu), Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Simo Mogwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki), Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Jamie Bartlett (James Gregory), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetzee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase), Zikhona Sodlaka (Nosekeni), S’Thandiwe Kgoroge (Albertina Sisulu), Tshallo Sputla Chokwe (Oliver Tambo), Sello Maake (Albert Luthuli). Directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by Anant Singh and David M. Thompson. Screenplay by William Nicholson, based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, with the emphasis on Long, begins and ends with shots of young African kids running. This is the fastest that anything in this film moves. The pacing of this film is all wrong. That’s it’s biggest fault – but more on that momentarily. Continue reading
, 113 m., 2013
Jim Lampley (Himself), Sylvester Stallone (Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp), Robert De Niro (Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen), Rich Little (Boxing Announcer), Ireland Baldwin (Young Sally (as Ireland Basinger Baldwin)), Anthony Bean (Dante Slate, Sr.), Mason Mackie (Young Dante), Kevin Hart (Dante Slate, Jr.), Barry Primus (Joey the Bartender), Oscar Gale (Shipyard Co-Worker), Frederick Douglas Plunkett Jr. (Walter), BJ Guyer (Jabby the Puppet), Jen Kober (Tough Female Customer), Anthony Anderson (Mr. Sandpaper Hands), Carrie Lazar (Nora). Directed by Peter Segal and produced by Michael Ewing, Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta, and Segal. Screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman, based on a story by Tim Kelleher.
, 106 m., 2012
Shirley Henderson (Karen), John Simm (Ian), Shaun Kirk (Shaun), Robert Kirk (Robert), Katrina Kirk (Katrina), Stephanie Kirk (Stephanie), Darren Tighe (Eddie), Polly Kossowicz (School Teacher), Valerie Lilley (Grandmother), Peter Gunn (Shop Manager), Dylan Brown, Harry Myers. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and produced by Melissa Parmenter. Screenplay by Laurence Coriat & Winterbottom.
As a filmmaker, Michael Winterbottom has an obsession with all things realistic bordering on the religious/zealous. My favorite film of Winterbottom’s is Wonderland (1999), his hyperlink mosaic about three sisters, their significant others, their parents and their neighbors over Guy Fawkes weekend in South London. Continue reading
, 123 m., 2013
LisaGay Hamilton (Bernice), Yolonda Ross (Fontayne), Edward James Olmos (Freddy Suarez), Hector Elizondo (Jorge Moncal), Isaiah Washington (Vernell). Directed by John Sayles and produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall. Screenplay by Sayles.
, 109 m., 2013
Denzel Washington (Bobby), Mark Wahlberg (Stig), Paula Patton (Deb), Edward James Olmos (Papi Greco), Bill Paxton (Earl), Robert John Burke (Jessup), James Marsden (Quince), Greg Sproles (Chief Lucas), Fred Ward (Admiral Tuwey), Patrick Fischler (Dr. Ken), Derek Solorsano (Ferret Nose Julio), Edgar Arreola (Rudy (Papi’s Men)), Kyle Russell Clements (Teemo (Papi’s Men)), Christopher Matthew Cook (Thick (Papi’s Men)), Tim Bell (Lean (Papi’s Men)). Directed by Baltasar Kormákur and produced by Andrew Cosby, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Norton Herrick, Marc Platt, Ross Richie, and Adam Siegel. Screenplay by Blake Masters, based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant.