Nobody Walks, from director and co-writer Ry Russo-Young, gets right down to business in its scant 82 minutes. No sooner do we meet Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a 23-year-old Brooklyn artist just off an LAX-bound flight than we see her making out with the guy with whom she has headed to the parking garage. It turns out they’ve only just met, and while she’s happy for the ride, so to speak, that’s all. I guess she doesn’t have much time to waste either.
[rating=3]Starring: Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Domnhall Gleason, Matthew Macfadyen , Kelly Macdonald Director(s): Joe Wright Writer(s): Tom Stoppard
Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is certainly Leo Tolstoy’s classic as you’ve never seen it before. An often breathless conversation between filmic and theatrical language, writer Tom Stoppard’s adaptation literally puts heroine Anna and her Russian cohorts on stage in plain view of all. The message in this work about passion between the classes is a constant reminder that when it comes to decisions of the heart, everyone is watching. Love is a spectator sport that doesn’t always guarantee a victor – though it will always declare a loser.
[rating=3]Starring: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Bonnie Swencionis Director(s): Liza Johnson Writer(s): Liza Johnson
Return is a film that only had a brief moment in theatrical release and that’s a real shame. It’s a moving, compelling character study of what life is like for a female veteran returning home after a year in a combat zone.
[rating=3]Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Billy Burke Director(s): Bill Condon Writer(s): Melissa Rosenberg
Though the Twilight series, which culminates in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the fifth and final segment in the franchise, has been a major boon to the film industry and to all involved onscreen, including three directors, stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart, original author Stephenie Meyer and a host of character actors and technicians, its blueprints come straight from television.
Skyfall is a James Bond film that was fifty years in the making and was well worth the wait. This is the best Bond film in the post-Sean Connery era, and may be the best ever period. The action is non-stop and even at two and one-half hours, the viewer will be on the edge of their seat the entire time.
[rating=4]Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, Gloria Reuben, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Jackie Earle Haley and Jared Harris Director(s): Steven Spielberg Writer(s): Tony Kushner, taken partially from the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a narrowly focused look at a critical portion of Abraham Lincoln’s tenure as President of the United States. It is an examination of the events that took place in the aftermath of Lincoln’s re-election in November of 1864 until the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment in January of 1865.
Yes, it goes on for a short bit afterward, up until Lincoln’s death by assassin in April of 1865, but the critical matter is what takes place during those very turbulent months until the vote.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Tail Slate thanks all veterans for their service and offers the following list of fine films about veterans. Rather than focus on “war” films, these movies are primarily about what veterans experienced following their time at war. These are offered in no particular order.