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With a minimum of narrative set-up, the home invasion thriller Don’T Breathe hammers away with a harrowing scenario that will connect with anyone who has spent time in a dark house alone. Ruthless in its intensity and single-minded in its purpose, this is a first-rate genre exercise with a perfectly-cast Stephen Lang as its central villain. It’s a bit disappointing that Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez couldn’t match his bravura execution of the material with a little more depth, but when Don’T Breathe works, which it often does, it’s hard to complain.
Don’T Breathe centers on a trio of burglars; young single mom Rocky (Jane Levy), her hooligan beau Money (Daniel Zovatto), and Alex (Dylan Minnette), who pilfers house keys from his dad’s security firm so they can rob the homes of his clients. At first they stick to swiping items instead of »
- Tom Stockman
Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016
We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?
My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.
She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »
The American Cinematheque will toast Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh next month.
Beginning on Feb. 3, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will screen key films from the “Hateful Eight” star’s career. The first movie to put her on the map was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” in which she played a teen experiencing sex for the first time.
“I was completely won over by her,” Roger Ebert said of her performance at the time. “She contained so much life and light that she was a joy to behold.”
The ’80s brought a slew of work from “Last Exit to Brooklyn” to period films like “Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle” and contemporary dramas “Georgia” and “Single White Female.” 2015 has been another strong year for Leigh. She voiced the lead character in Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated film “Anomalisa” and was nominated for Oscar supporting actress for her performance as Daisy »
- Jacob Bryant
3 items from 2016
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