‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ is smart, funny, and does an adequate job projecting the illusion of substance.
Billy Bob Thornton
The Judge is an actor’s showcase that gets lost in the weeds of tired family dynamics and clunky subplots. There are moments when Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are allowed to take their characters into more dangerous places, but mostly they’re just constrained by an uninteresting story. The result is a film that packs no emotional wallop and builds to a conclusion that is neither surprising nor satisfying.
What happens when you ignore a problem? It festers; like the shotgun pellet wound in Lester’s hand, it begins to slowly infect everything around it – and the more you try to ignore it, the faster it happens. Eventually, it ends up like that unfortunate spider bite Molly’s high school friend mentioned: that infection spills out, crawling and invading every little crevice and dark corner of your life. Like the Buddhist parable the episode is titled after, “A Muddy Road” focuses on two characters avoiding the biggest mistakes of their adult lives – and how two different perspectives on dealing with them reveals their true nature.
The director and the majority of the cast of Parkland were present on Day 2 of TIFF 2013 to promote and support their new film, a dramatization of the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s shooting. The movie, a would-be Oscar contender, is a serviceable but wildly uneven account of the tragic event that shook a nation.