‘Rust and Bone’ shows Marion Cotillard is made of tough stuff

Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard star in 'Rust and Bone'
Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard star in ‘Rust and Bone’

[rating=3]Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette, Bouli Lanners, Jean-Michel Correia
Director(s): Jacques Audiard
Writer(s): Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain; based on the short story collection “Rust and Bone” by Craig Davidson

One of the more common images used in marketing Jacques Audiard’s intense new drama, Rust and Bone, is that of a killer whale, a gorgeous and not irrelevant sight given that Stephanie, the role essayed by Marion Cotillard, is a whale trainer. Having such a creature represent the film is a wise choice given that Bone itself is a crude look at animal instinct and magnetism – especially in human form.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ is far from killing it on screen

Brad Pitt gets down and dirty in 'Killing Them Softly'
Brad Pitt gets down and dirty in ‘Killing Them Softly’

[rating=3]Starring:  Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola and Ben Mendelsohn
Director(s):  Andrew Dominik
Writer(s):  Andrew Dominik (screenplay), George V. Higgins (novel)

Killing Them Softly is based on the crime novel “Cogan’s Trade”, which was published in 1974 and set in Boston.  The film, however, changes the locale to New Orleans and sets it during the 2008 presidential election.

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