3 items from 2012
One of the greatest strengths of Marc Webb's maybe-too-soon reboot is an opportunity to recast the roles from Sam Raimi's trilogy with a truly impressive ensemble. Like many of the best superhero movies today, "The Amazing Spider-Man" attracted some major talents, so in honor of that film's release, we're taking a look back at each cast member's best movie.
Though he primarily appears in the first film of the trilogy, Garfield kicks off the "Red Riding" series with a lead role in the strongest entry. In "1980," the actor dons his almost forgotten English accent as Eddie Dunford, crack journo from the north country, who is just about the only man daring enough to investigate the case of disappearing children. The entire series is worth watching, but Garfield really stands out here.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
The conflict between family, belief and self-preservation collide in "Shadow Dancer" the latest from the chameleonic director James Marsh ("Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980," "Man On Wire," "Project Nim") and it looks like a firecracker.
Starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson, and based on the novel by Tom Bradby, the story follows a single mother who is part of family of hardcore Ira members. When she is caught taking part in an failed bombing attempt, the MI5 offers her two choices: becoming an informant and spy on her own family, or get sent away to prison for twenty-five years. She agrees to the gig, but when suspicion is aroused, she finds her life in danger. It's a pretty great little setup, and word from the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered in January, was good -- we called it a "crackling conspiracy thriller."
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Marsh is a heralded documentary filmmaker with Wisconsin Death Trip, Man on Wire, and Project Nim to his credit. He’s also an apt dramatist with the underrated The King and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980, the best film of that trilogy. His new Belfast-set Ira thriller Shadow Dancer is effective, especially since Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy just proved that slow-burning story mechanics are better than chases, explosions, and shouted exposition. Andrea Riseborough stars as Collette McVeigh, a single mother and active member of the Ira who turns informant for MI5 after an aborted bombing attempt in the London subway system. She falls into the noble hands of Clive Owen‘s mid-level agent, who lays out her ultimatum. Despite bouts of unoriginal dialogue and overt symbolism (Riseborough wears a red trench in almost every scene after she turns mole), traces of familiarity end »
3 items from 2012