A fishing vessel and crew head into mortal danger during an enormous storm. Genuinely impressive VFX lend this true story adaptation some real weight. The script is a little corny and the acting suffers as a result – but there is no denying the film delivers some punch. Worth a watch!
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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011, dir. Sean Durkin)
A young woman struggles with memories of her recent cult commune experience. Excellent austere thriller with horror elements, with a storming cental performance and lots of interesting detail. It’s left to the viewer how much is real, which makes for tense and sometimes unsettling viewing. Recommended.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019, dir. Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz)
A young man with Down Syndrome escapes his assisted living facility; he teams up with a troubled crab fisherman. A straightforward but nevertheless charming and unsentimental comedy-drama road movie with wrestling and a whiff of Huck and Tom about it. Fine soundtrack, and a cast in depth to die for. No surprises, but fun.
Contagion (2011, dir. Steven Soderbergh)
A new disease spreads; an epidemic ensues. Excellent and sober intelligent action flick with the understated tone of a documentary. A genre movie handled with precision and the director’s trademark craft.
Deadwood [AKA Deadwood: The Movie] (2019, dir. Daniel Minahan)
Over a decade has passed since the events of the TV series, and Swearengen, Bullock and others have to face up to their pasts and their futures. Elegaic return to a splendid unfinished TV show that does the original justice. Recommended.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, dir. Martin McDonagh)
A woman pursues justice for her murdered daughter. Offbeat black comedy-drama with little concession to likeability or straightforwardness. Hugely enjoyable, though, with great performances, and keeps always on the right side of quirky.
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Everest (2015, dir. Baltasar Kormakur)
Drama based on the ill-fated 1996 Hall/Fischer Everest expedition. Generally solid, respectful and well-acted mountaineering epic, slightly undone by over-use of CG and by some awkward directorial choices which rob the movie of tension.