THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

The Magnificent Seven doesn’t start with fanfare. No blaring horns to signal the American West, no soaring strings to complement the vast vistas before the camera, no cinematic shots of warring bandits cresting a hill, no legends and no heroes. Instead: ominous tones and close, shaky shots of a wagon delivering gold to a heavily watched bank. Cut to a church where a debate rages between the parishioners. Should they stay or should they go? Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) is coming to pay pennies on the dollar for their land — which he will strip-mine and pull every last ounce … Continue reading THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

EXPERIMENTER

Yale, 1961: Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) is conducting one of the most infamous and notorious behavioral studies of the 20th Century. Two individuals who have never met before will choose roles; one will be the teacher and the other the student. The student enters a separate room and is hooked up to a machine that will shock them in increasing voltage when they answers a question wrong. The teacher remains in the first room, asking the student to remember a particular word order. If the student answers incorrectly, or fails to answer at all, the teacher flips a switch and … Continue reading EXPERIMENTER

NIGHT MOVES

Night Moves, from director and co-writer Kelly Reichardt, is about three activists coming together to pull off a stunt of eco-terrorism. Set in Ashland, OR and the surrounding areas, Night Moves follows Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), an employee of an organic farm, as he enlists the aid of Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) in the destruction of a nearby dam. All three are amateur and none of them are prepared to deal with the consequences of their actions. Their plan is fairly simple, pack a motorboat — named Night Moves — full of homemade explosives, float it out to … Continue reading NIGHT MOVES

Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass – Michael Kohlhass (Mads Mikkelsen) was just another family man, a horse trader and a loyal citizen. Then they stole his horses and murdered his wife, now he has nothing to live for. Nothing, except for his revenge. A classic tale of retribution painted across the wide-open landscape of 16th Century France. Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz and Denis Lavant co-star in a script written by Christelle Berthevas and Arnaud des Pallières with des Pallières directing as well. In limited release from Music Box Films.   Filth – Bruce … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Movie Beat – 8.9.13

Elysium – The year is 2154, and the rift between the haves and the have-nots has gotten a little out of control. The haves live on a space station orbiting Earth, Elysium. No disease, no crime, no poverty, nothing to disturb your pleasant valley Sunday. The rest of us, live/survive on Earth. A desolate and ruined planet that has not yet been cleaned up by Wall-E. Max (Matt Damon) lives on Earth, but needs to get to Elysium, and there are a few people who can help him. Co-starring Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner. From writer/director Neill Blomkamp … Continue reading Movie Beat – 8.9.13

Movie Beat – 07.26.13

Blue Jasmine – It’s Woody Allen’s latest. Those words are enough. There are few filmmakers who have earned that right, but way up at the top of the heap is the great and prolific Mr. Allen. Set in San Francisco, a housewife struggles with her life after her scamming husband destroyed it all. Lots of insight, lots of jokes, and lots of acidic observations about people with First World Problems. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, among others great acting talent. In limited release from Sony Pictures Classics. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.26.13