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Antonio Banderas plays the trapped miners’ leader in a big-hearted, good-natured treatment of the rescue story that gripped the world
Six years ago, the Chilean San José mining disaster left 33 men trapped underground; the whole world was gripped and the 93-year-old Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas remarked that he was reminded of his movie Ace in the Hole, in which he played an unscrupulous reporter covering a similar situation, scheming to delay the rescue and spin the story out.
In this big-hearted, good-natured movie treatment of “the 33” and their ordeal, the media are not the villains. Neither are the politicians, not really. The bad guys would appear to be the mine’s owners who neglected safety, but their iniquities are not dwelt on. This is a feelgood disaster movie.
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- Peter Bradshaw
The landmark Loew's Jersey City movie palace will present a unique film festival of movies centering on the media. On Friday January 29 there will be a rare big screen showing of Elia Kazan's classic "A Face in the Crowd" with a screen-scorching performance by Andy Griffith as a charismatic country singer who plays his followers for chumps. Patricia Neal co-stars. On Saturday, two features will be shown: Billy Wilder's superb "Ace in the Hole" with Kirk Douglas as an overly-zealous reporter who manipulates how a tragic mining accident works out in order to maximize his coverage.
There will also be a screening of Sidney Lumet's all-time classic "Network" starring William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch as a revered network news anchor who becomes even more popular when his nervous breakdown causes him to go insane. (Please, no snarky comments about his viability in this year's presidential race. »
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2 items from 2016
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