Billy Bob Thornton

Our Brand is Crisis

‘Our Brand is Crisis’ is toothless satire

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington featured a young, authentic Jimmy Stewart who does battle with the corrupt political machine. Many decades later, that hardened view of politicians (and the machine that gets them elected) has not changed.

FARGO "The Six Ungraspables" -- Episode 105

Why You Should Start Watching: Fargo

The idea of doing a TV show inspired by the Fargo film is one that could have gone wrong in so many ways, but miraculously Hawley did everything right in the first season.

‘The Judge’ is guilty of being dull

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.

Fargo, Ep. 1.03, “A Muddy Road” explores the influences of good and evil in arresting fashion

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.

TIFF 2013: ‘Parkland’ is an uneven account of a tragic day

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.

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