A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
Follows a group of UAC Marines as they respond to a distress call from a top secret scientific base on Phobos, a Martian moon, only to discover it's been overrun by demons who threaten to create Hell on Earth.
In LUCY IN THE SKY, Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, a strong woman whose determination and drive as an astronaut take her to space, where she's deeply moved by the transcendent experience of seeing her life from afar. Back home as Lucy's world suddenly feels too small, her connection with reality slowly unravels.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Retired astronaut Marsha Ivins criticized the premise of the plot and denied that there is such a thing as a "longstanding idea that says astronauts begin to lose their grip on reality after being in space for an extended period of time". See more »
Destined to be the misunderstood film of this year
Hawley really creates a fascinating portrait of Lucy as a character. She is someone who is driven by self determination and spurned by the words of a grandmother who never lets her get comfortable. There just isn't any failing in a single bone in her body. But she is given a life changing and mind altering experience and then put in a situation where her fate is taken out of her hands. It becomes a difficult situation for her to take and as she struggles with so much is just one of the things that causes her to spin out of control. But even within that Hawley is careful to always make sure that this is a thoughtful character study where you might not understand exactly what she is going through, but you can empathize with her since you are so attuned to her perspective. And Hawley gives you multiple points of view through the various characters were you can see her in many different lights. The difficulties that she puts people through as a husband who wants to love her but gets pushed away. A fellow astronaut who has gone through the same thing and can help us to understand what is happening to her. A niece who looks up to her and provides some perspective of her simply as a human being. There are many levels to the character. Like when she speaks a great deal of truth about the degrading idea of being an emotional woman, but while she is descending into madness and letting her emotion overcome her. Hawley allows her to be two things at once; a smart and capable woman who can do anything she sets her mind to and also being someone who is having an existential crisis so severe it is causing her to emotional unravel. Natalie Portman is able to so believably inhibit the role of the high achieving character who you believe she can seemingly do anything. There is always that fire behind her eyes and you can constantly see the gears moving behind the eyes. But under all that there is someone who is becoming undone in ways that not even she can fully understand.
Hawley also works so well to create really wonderful singular moments which work so well and say so much. Like when upon being delivered some tragic news Lucy floats all the way from her home to a hospital room. It all plays out shot from the waist up and she traverses great distance as nothing more than herself. Everyone around her is frozen and not moving and space warps as we see flashes of her surroundings as nothing more than a blur. All the while there is a slowed down cover of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds that sounds much more spacey than the original. It is a wonderful moment of getting into the psyche of Lucy where nothing else around her seems to matter than getting to her objective. Hawley is so adept at creating a collage like that where he marries image, music and dialogue in a way that is visceral and feels alive. It transmits the emotional context of a scene quite perfectly. Although admittedly Hawley is probably too good at using that where his film can feel like more a combination of loosely connected scenes that doesn't quite connect to be a wholy cohesive entity. The emotional instability helps give an explanation to why that it happening, but especially when you back away from it after watching it is a bit undeniable that it works better as parts rather than a whole. Some of it may be Hawley's TV background where the episode structure forces an evolution to the story where he doesn't on a whole have to focus on story structure. It also allows him to have more freedom to experiment within the space of episodes knowing if one goes over an audiences head he still has more shots to get his idea across. But I think when so many moments works so well and resonate emotionally and artistically in the long run it doesn't matter.
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