In new action/crime/drama, Honest Thief, Liam Neeson is Tom, a notorious bank robber inspired to lead an honest life, starting with turning himself in. The problem is that doing just that leads to him being double-crossed by two FBI agents.
Directed by Mark Williams; additional key cast includes Anthony Ramos, Kate Walsh and Jai Courtney.
This is highly reminiscent of Taken (2008). Yet, I don’t know that I care as long as it’s a good movie. Plus I just like Neeson.
Jeffrey Donovan, Robert Patrick, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Jose Guns Alves, Osmani Rodriguez and Janelle Feigley also star.
Buffaloed is the story of Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), a homegrown hustler who will do anything to escape Buffalo, NY; and she’ll start by getting into the underworld of debt-collecting.
Directed by Tanya Wexler; additional key cast includes Judy Greer, Jai Courtney…
This looks a little like The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) but minus the drugs and with a little less masculinity. I find myself curious about the amount of energy Deutch had to bring each day to deliver this character.
Noah Reid, Jayne Eastwood, Lusia Strus, Jermaine Fowler, Alex Harrouch, Elena Khan, Brian Sacca, Raymond Ablack, Casey Hudecki, James M. Connor, Kate Moyer and Paulyne Wei also star.
In The Exception which takes place during the onset of World War II, Jai Courtney is a German Soldier who falls in love with a young Jewish Dutch woman (Lily James). What he really ought to be focusing on instead is his job of investigating whether the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland…
Directed by David Leveaux, the biggest pull to watch this movie, for me is that I want love to win. I’m also a Lily James fan since I think she made for a great Cinderella – even though someone refereed to her performance as ‘bored and lifeless.’ There’s also Christopher Plummer, an actor who’s good in everything he appears in.
When I saw the trailer for Unbroken in 2014, I became very excited; first because I love Angelina Jolie. Second because Jack O’Connell is one of my recent favourite Actors (he was brilliant in Starred Up (20013) and lastly, the Louis Zamperini story.
Directed by Jolie and with British O’Connell in the starring role, Unbroken is the story of a man (Zamperini) who overcame one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another.
Zamperini’s story of physical and mental endurance began well before the near fatal plane crash in WW2 that changed the course of his life.
It is in fact the very vital relationship he had with his family, namely his big brother, Pete, that really helped prepare him for every extraordinary thing he was able to accomplish in the years that followed.
That goodness for the people who add immeasurable value in the way they encourage and believe in our capabilities, especially when we don’t.
The screenplay was penned by the Cohen brothers, Joel and Ethan, so clearly the film had everything going for it from writers, cast, crew and beyond.
The performances that stick in my mind come from O’Connell, of corse and Miyavi who plays the character of Sergeant Watanabe. Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney also do a great job
If you haven’t already watched Unbroken, know that it’s a brilliant story of extraordinary strength of the human spirit. One that is so well told that you’ll be glad you had the chance to learn about Mr Zamperini.
As if I needed more reasons to love Angelina Jolie!