Director Robert Zemeckis delivers a another well crafted film about war operatives in WWII played be Brad Pitt and Marion Cottillard. It is a throw back to a time when romance and intrigue created a strong foundation for the rest of the story.
Many reviews were mixed, but we loved the old fashioned techniques layered with modern cinematography. Characters and romantic chemistry you actually care about. Costume design and cinematography could garner Oscar nominations if not the Award itself.
Rated R for sexually and listed as a Drama/Thriller, the film runs 2 hours and 4 minutes. Lots of little surprises will tease you, especially the final scene.
Edge of Seventeen
This film does an excellent job of reminding audiences of what it was like being 16 or 17 years old and in high school; awkward, emotional, and torment that can often last years.
Impressive acting by young Hailee Steinfeld giving an authentic performance as the teen, Blake Jenner as her older athletic brother, and Kyra Sedgwick as the Mom.
The script is laser focused on teen topics and spares little angst for the young characters. But there is also a lighthearted side to the film that helps balance to story line.
Written and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig with a running time of 1 hour 40 minutes. Rated R for strong language and sexual content. Drama/Comedy.
Manchester by the Sea
This is a story about a working class New England family and the extended reach that death can cause. Some critics felt the prolonged trauma and the performance by Affleck overpowered the story line. I thought it contributed to the breadth and depth of the family’s overwhelming endurance.
There are stellar performances, most notably, Casey Affleck, Michele Williams and Lucas Hedges as the son. There are a dozen other actors, including Kyle Chandler, giving good solid performances.
This film is brilliantly crafted by the Director and Writer Kenneth Lonergan. Don’t be surprised to see one or more Oscar nominations for this film.
Rated R for violence and language. (It is not suitable for young children.) Listed as a Drama. Run time is 2 hours and 17 minutes.