For the second weekend in a row, there are nine movies opening in central Arkansas. But there’s no question the biggest one is Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’ taut hijacking thriller based on a real-life ordeal that returns Tom Hanks to the amiable Everyman role he was born to play. And Greengrass, our critic Piers Marchant says, is in his element here.
“Greengrass’ strength as a filmmaker has always been his ability to shoot Hollywood-style thrillers as gritty, neo-realist documentaries … to take a bag of standard action story tropes and infuse it with just enough realism to give them more than the expected resonance,” Marchant says.
The most interesting movie of the week might be Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, an indie drama about a facility that provides temporary housing and care for foster teens based on the director’s personal experience. It opened this year’s Little Rock Film Festival and our Karen Martin reviews it and the performance of its up-and-coming lead Brie Larson. And speaking of film festivals, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday. One of its highlights, Good Ol’ Freda — the story of Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly — also begins a theatrical run this week.
Other openings include the bodybuilding doc Generation Iron, the ooky spooky I Will Follow You Into the Dark and Robert Rodriguez’ latest crime against tastefulness Machete Kills — which you’ll find reviewed at blooddirtangels.com.
See Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.