Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Cristoph Waltz
“CARNAGE” My rating: B (Opens Jan. 13)
79 minutes | MPAA rating: R
Wickedly funny and maddeningly claustrophobic, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” is a sort of pretention-free “No Exit” in which four characters are trapped in a hell from which there appears to be no escape.
Actually it’s a nicely-appointed Brooklyn apartment owned by Michael (John C.Reilly) and Penelope (Jodie Foster). Visiting are another couple, Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz).
Nancy and Alan’s 11-year-old son Zachary has ended a playground argument by smashing Michael and Penelope’s son Eliot in the face with a stick. Now the parents are coming together to make amends in a nice, civilized fashion.
Good luck with that.
Almost from the beginning you can tell that this attempt at reconciliation is not going well.
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Posted in Popcorn movies, tagged Elliott Gould, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Ehle, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Sanaa Lathan, Steven Soderbergh on September 9, 2011 |
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Gwyneth Paltrow...not feeling so good
“CONTAGION’’ My rating: B (Opening wide on Sept. 9)
105 minutes |MPAA rating: PG-13
There’s no shortage of big names in the cast, but the real star of “Contagion” is filmmaker Stephen Soderbergh.
His latest is a hypnotic juggling act, a carefully calibrated mashup of characters and situations that proves him a master storyteller.
This time the maker of “Traffic,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Che” and “Out of Sight” (and, yes, the “Ocean’s” flicks) delivers a “what if?” thriller about a killer flu pandemic that puts mankind on the ropes.
“Contagion” paints a grim but fully-detailed picture of how we’d react in such circumstances, and it’s not pretty.
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