Scottish actor David Tennant is best known for his portrayal as the tenth Doctor Who from 2005-2010 and for the hit series Broadchurch, where he starred alongside a pre-fame Olivia Colman. His latest series Around the World in 80 Days premiered this year at Canneseries.
George Clooney directs, William Monahan (The Departed) adapts J. R. Moehringer's memoir, Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan star. Interesting to see Affleck continue his conversation with booze following sobriety just before The Way Back.
In the early months of 1942, while the Nazi occupation of Paris was well underway, the South of France remained relatively untouched by the horrors of WW2. In a small farming village at the foot of the Pyrenees, Jo (Noah Schnapp), a young shepherd boy, stumbles across a group of Jewish children being harboured by the town’s reclusive widow Horcada (Anjelica Huston). Keeping the secret from his family, Jo joins forces with Horcada and her Jewish son-in-law Benjamin (Frederick Schmidt), working together to smuggle the children across the border to Spain and on to freedom.
Based on the novel by acclaimed YA author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and co-written for the screen and directed by Ben Cookson (Almost Married), the story tackles a truly dark period in our history, if not a particularly original one. However, by reframing what is ultimately well-trodden ground for the genre through the eyes of a guileless teenager, the tale becomes accessible to a whole new generation of filmgoers.
Noah Schnapp, best known for his work on Netflix’s Stranger Things, brings the perfect blend of wide-eyed naiveté and youthful defiance to Jo. His lack of worldliness allows the film to brush lightly over the more horrific realities of the situation as the former sleepy mountain village finds itself overrun with German soldiers. Here, the screenplay becomes over reliant on metaphor, talking down to its audience with teachable moments that would perhaps be better suited to after-school specials or Saturday morning cartoons.
The film itself is visually captivating. Cinematographer Gerry Vasbenter works real magic with the mountainous backdrop of Southern France, the enchanting scenery bringing a sense of wonder to a tale that sadly does not inspire the same.
With a voice cast that includes Skyler Gisondo, Kiersey Clemons, Peter S. Kim, and Jaboukie Young-White, and guests such as Billy Porter, Zoey Deutch, Camila Mendes, Rob Delaney, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ben Schwartz, JB Smoove, John Leguizamo, and Colton Dunn, this latest animation for grown ups follows 4 besties in middle school who hang out on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, 'the pulsing heart of hypebeast culture'.
FilmInk salutes the directors who have never truly received the credit that they deserve. In this installment: Allison Anders, the powerful feminist voice behind Gas Food Lodging and Grace Of My Heart.
Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell are back, surrounded by hot young newcomers played by Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Sonia Ammar. Matthew Lillard done it 100%.
Podcaster Dasha Nekrasova writes, directs and features in this topical horror curio, which looks like a real throwback to late '70s/ early '80s cinema - we'd wager that Dasha has seen Liquid Sky a few times.