It’s a great time to see a movie. First up Charlize Theron redefines the female action hero in Mad Max Fury Road. Creator of the original 80’s films George Miller opts for reinvention over re-making. Things blow up and crash for real in this flick, Miller’s insistence on using sparse CGI make this look and feel more authentic. Fury Road is a welcome departure from the Hollywood formula, giving female characters the spotlight, telling a story visually without much dialogue and delivering the kind of two hour suspense chase scene Fast & Furious only dreams about.
In limited release and coming soon to the River Oaks theater, I’ll See You in My Dreams stars Blythe Danner in the first leading role of her long career. I had a chance to talk with the Meet the Parents star at the Dallas International Film Festival about her new film. It’s beautiful story about a woman dealing with loss in her life and the surprisingly funny moments in between. Danner has never been better and maybe an awards contender at the end of the year.
Finally Slow West is the thirst quenching western you have been waiting for. Starring X-Men’s Michael Fassbender, this dark Tarantino-esque adventure into the American frontier is full of irony, suspense and satire. First time writer/director John Maclean reinvents the genre with sarcasm, stunning visuals and unexpected moments, pairing of Kodi Smitt McPhee and Fassbender who will share the screen again next year in X Men: Apocalypse , but I recommend you can catch them first in Slow West this weekend, playing On Demand.
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