Never has there been a more ironic tagline than Suicide Squad’s “It feels good to be bad”. Sorry DC, but the numbers say otherwise.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Oh, DC, why do you keep ruining your own movies? The early buzz around Suicide Squad was so good, but then you had to go screw it all up with your behind the scenes drama, reshoots and meddling with edits. All this has resulted in a movie that is very obviously torn in several directions. In my opinion, Kervyn’s 3/5 stars was being extremely kind.
Our Kind of Traitor
While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent (Damian Lewis).
Our Kind of Traitor might be a paint-by-numbers spy thriller, but it doesn’t lose itself in constant action. Instead, it relies on its solid script and stellar cast to carry out an engrossing and thought-provoking affair. The lack of energy might concern some, but for others it will be a nice change of pace.
My Father’s War
A young man is constantly at odds with his father, a veteran of the South African Border War. When he starts having dreams about meeting his father at his own age as a combat soldier during the Border War, his life is turned upside down. Now armed with new insight and empathy for their difficult relationship, there’s renewed hope for some form of father-son reconciliation.
My Father’s War is quite unique in its premise, and despite its setting, isn’t about the Border War at all. Instead, using its interesting narrative device, it shows how a relationship between father and son progresses and, hopefully, mends.
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to LosAngeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life.
The Meddler starts out with a cutesy, almost sitcom-like premise, but the movie itself is far more. It’s a profound, heart-warming and surprisingly deep story is brought to life with genuine affection from the cast, Susan Sarandon in particular. This little movie might surprise you.
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Last Updated: August 5, 2016