“A sci-fi horror cannibal exploitation picture by way of John Ford, it’s a deliberately paced, old-fashioned Western that occasionally morphs into a splatter movie. This should probably feel like a smart-alecky film geek exercise, but Zahler takes his characters seriously, presenting their plight with elegant restraint and fiercely committed performances.” – Movie Mezzanine, 10/26/2015
“In the space of just five evenings, IFFBoston’s Fall Focus selection highlights the diversity for which this local treasure of a festival is renowned: documentary, indie thriller, foreign language, Oscar winners, underground comedy, martial arts, even puppet animation. This place has everything.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/23/2015
STEVE JOBS * *
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels. Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Danny Boyle.
“The Boss says that ‘in a record store everybody’s your friend for twenty minutes.’ Hanks fumbles a bit trying to convey the company’s convoluted financial collapse. But All Things Must Pass is something special when it’s conjuring Springsteen’s sentiment, fondly recalling a time when buying music was a communal activity and not just clicking on things.” – Movie Mezzanine, 10/23/2015
“Daldry has no idea how to reconcile the mischievous, boys’ adventure spirit with his needlessly prolonged sequences of police brutality and child abuse. The violence is all out of proportion to the tone of the story, and I daresay I’ve never seen an entire village burnt to the ground to so little affect in a film before. Even the villagers don’t seem to mind.” – Movie Mezzanine, 10/09/2015
THE WALK * * 1 / 2
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Steve Valentine and Ben Kingsley. Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
THE INTERN * * *
Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells and Rene Russo. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers.