With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
Most global news surrounding Iran concerns its nuclear capabilities and
its nutjob leader, but fans of international cinema know there is much
more to the Asian republic.
Some of the most exciting and challenging films in the world these days are coming from Iran, so it's no surprise that A Separation, a tense and absorbing domestic drama packed with the suspense of a Hitchcock flick, recently earned the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Opening Friday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, the movie unfolds like a Rube Goldberg machine powered by human fallibility, in which generally decent and sympathetic people with understandable motivations make choices that have unimaginably bad results.
At the center is an educated and reasonably well-off couple, Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi), seeking a divorce. Simin wants to move abroad with their child, but her husband refuses to leave the country because his aged father has Alzheimer's disease. Neither husband nor wife is willing to bend, and so begins a downward spiral.
Simin, who has been her father-in-law's caregiver, moves out of their apartment, forcing Nader to hire a devout Islamic woman named Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to tend for the old man while Nader is at work. But the job is considerably more than Razieh bargained for — the elderly man soils himself and wanders away from home — and the reluctant nurse decides on an unfortunate course of action that spurs another unfortunate choice, and so on.
Dire consequences mount, and to devastating effect. Writer/director Asghar Farhadi is a master at turning the screws, but he does so straightforwardly and always with an unflinching eye on revealing character. The filmmaker also has the benefit of a solid cast, particularly Moadi and Bayat as people trying to do the right thing within the constraints of their own convictions.
In A Separation, however, principles can be a disastrous thing.