Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Sicario", "The Intern", "London Road"

Julien Faddoul

Sicario **

A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss.
Disturbing, at times exemplary thriller with a myriad of anxiety and some chilling understated performances. Its politics will irk some, for its outlook is bleak and its narrative too thin to carry the weight of its argumentation.

d – Denis Villeneuve
w – Taylor Sheridan
ph – Roger Deakins
pd – Patrice Vermette
m – Johann Johannsson
ed – Joe Walker
cos – Renee April

p – Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, Molly Smith

Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Maximiliano Hernández, Raoul Trujillo, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Jeffrey Donovan, Victor Garber, Dylan Kenin, Sarah Minnich, Matthew Page, Kaelee Vigil

The Intern

A 70-year-old widower discovers that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be and becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site.
Clumsy and callow comedy, typical of its writer/director. As usual, her rendering of the aged and wealthy is affected to the point of erroneousness.

wd – Nancy Meyers
ph – Stephen Goldblatt
pd – Kristi Zea
m – Theodore Shapiro
ed – Robert Leighton
cos – Jacqueline Oknaian

p – Nancy Myers, Suzanne McNeill Farewell

Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm, Rene Russo, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine, Wallis Currie-Wood, Andrew Rannells, Drena De Niro, Zack Pearlman

London Road *

A musical set during the time of the 2006 serial murders in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Ineffective social commentary on the current media with a cloying aesthetic ostentatiousness that seems better suited to the stage.

d – Rufus Norris
w – Alecky Blythe
ph – Danny Cohen
pd – Katrina Lindsay
m – Adam Cork
ly – Adam Cork, Alecky Blythe
ed – John Wilson
cos – Edward K. Gibbon

p – Dixie Linder

Cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Kate Fleetwood, Janet Henfrey, Gillian Bevan, Jenny Galloway, Paul Thornley

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