AMAZON PRIME has three films that were running in theatres the day of the apocalypse; you may now purchase them.
“THE INVISIBLE MAN”: THREE & 1/2 STARS (Reviewed March 1, 2020)
“EMMA”: THREE & 1/2 STARS (Reviewed March 5th, 2020)
“THE HUNT”: Investing in this solipsistic diatribe by director Craig Zobel was a colossal blunder; politically pejorative, elites kidnapping and killing for sport “the poor, tired and huddled masses.” Gratuitous, merciless, savagery lends nausea to its ignorant, cruelly inciteful premise. ZERO STARS.
Do not be misled by an actor you admire; these two films testify that no matter the skill, an actor cannot “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’; an enticing film out of a poor script. Case in point:
“FREE FIRE”: director Ben Wheatly with seasoned actors: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy cannot legitimize this filmic detritus: murder and mayhem visited upon the most worthless, unimaginative characters, was justified. ZERO STARS.
“THE LAST THING HE WANTED”: directed chaotically, confusingly by Dee Rees, (“Mudbound”) with seasoned cast: Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Willem Dafoe, commences promisingly with journalist “Elena McMahon” (Hathaway) unearthing U.S. intervention in El Salvador and Nicaragua during the Cold War; goes precipitously awry when she is assigned to cover Ronald Regan’s re-election campaign (1981-1989); disastrous transition, Elena, because of pleas from her delusional father (Dafoe) goes to Costa Rica (in heels and a cocktail dress) delivering guns and supposedly collecting a fee. Hathaway’s handsome performance cannot save this disastrous, disjointed movie based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel. ONE STAR!