“RUST AND BONE” My rating: B- (Opening Jan. 18 at the Glenwood Arts ????)
120 minutes | MPAA rating: R
As much as there is to enjoy in the lead performances of Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” labors under a surfeit of overkill.
At its core it’s a down-to-earth story. A womanizing man uncomfortable with his role as a single father befriends a young woman disfigured in a terrible accident. Little by little he pulls her out of her shell of depression, while she helps him discover his paternal instincts and his less-selfish side.
Cue the violins.
But wait. That’s too simple. Too cut and dried.
How about this: The guy becomes a champion of illegal underground gladiatorial combats. And the woman loses her legs to a killer whale.
Yeah, that’s much more believable.
So you see what I mean about overkill. And yet Audiard (maker of the epic prison drama “A Prophet”) and his stars have almost enough skill – almost – to sell “Rust and Bone’s” hyperbole. (more…)
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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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