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Critics might be skeptics, but this drama about the events at the hospital after the shooting gets just about everything right
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Director: Peter Landesman
Entertainment grade: B+
History grade: A
On 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy was shot as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, and died shortly afterwards. He was the fourth president of the United States to be assassinated.
On the fateful morning, FBI and Secret Service men prepare for Kennedy's visit. Members of the public, including home-movie camera enthusiast Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), look forward to catching a glimpse of their president. At Parkland Hospital, 28-year-old Dr Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) wakes up for his shift and gets on with the important business of flirting with red-headed nurses. The film uses documentary footage and re-enactments to assemble the familiar events of that day: John and Jackie Kennedy »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified.
That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to popular culture -- so much so that even unassailable items that preceded it, like the Rolling Stones classic, were tainted by association.
It's true, of course, that "The Big Chill," released 30 years ago this month (on September 28, 1983), touched a huge raw nerve in the culture and became an enormous mainstream hit as a result. It's also true that it's a very enjoyable movie, full of witty and truthful moments in well-wrought performances by a stellar ensemble of then-rising stars. »
- Gary Susman
It's been almost fifty years since President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Since that time, the Kennedy assassination has been a subject of fascination for filmmakers, with the results being a mixture of the good ("JFK"), the maudlin ("Love Field") and the critically misguided ("Ruby"). Also read: Fall Movie Preview: 'Hunger Games,' 'Thor' Shoot for Record-Breaking 2013 at the Box Office "Parkland," an upcoming drama about the fateful day, takes a different approach. The film focuses on the aftermath of the shooting and centers on characters such as »
- Brent Lang
To celebrate the 55th birthday of the one and only I thought we'd resurrect an old post about her Catwoman performance. If she's got nine lives so should this post. Please to enjoy...
Tim Burton's Batman Returns, the best Batman film (you heard me... throw down!) is now 15 21 years old and still one of the best comic book films. The movie didn't change cinema or its genre or significantly alter any careers. But it did send yours truly and millions of other Pfeiffer inclined moviegoers into a pfrenzy, arguably marking the apex of La Pfeiffer's cinematic reign. She was still in Oscar chasing mode (Love Field) and the full fledged move from heavy dramatic lifting into light mainstream fare (One Fine Day) and then blink and you'll miss her erratic appearances (Dark Shadows) was years away.
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All the dialogue rocks but these are my »
- NATHANIEL R
5 items from 2013
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