Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Buster’s Mal Heart **½ Directed by Sarah Adina Smith. A family man's chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion. This movie is about the making of a madman. It also aspires, with less success, to philosophically query the void at the center of modern life and Christianity’s failure to fill it.
Free Fire ** Directed by Ben Wheatley. In 1978 Boston, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. This is neither the best nor the worst of the Tarantino wannabes; at its worst, it's tediously unoriginal, and at its best, it's funny and reasonably involving.
Kong: Skull Island **½ Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape. As a big-budget B-grade monster movie, rhis is a home run. It offers all the tropes and clichés one expects from this sort of endeavor, sparing no expense when it comes to special effects. As a King Kong movie, however, it is less successful.
The Promise *½ Directed by Terry George. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the film follows a love triangle among Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris. This is a big, barren wartime romance that approaches the Armenian genocide with too much calculation and not nearly enough heat.
Tommy’s Honour *½ Directed by Jason Connery. An intimate tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf. The performances are desultory, the musical score bullying and the drama — aside from the game-changing placement of inconvenient shrubbery — is as predictable as one of the character’s steadily sprouting beard.