‘Snowpiercer’ melts the screen with its brilliance

Chris Evans in 'Snowpiercer'
Chris Evans in ‘Snowpiercer’

Snowpiercer is boldly brutal, but brilliant filmmaking from writer/director Bong Joon-ho.  Unlike many current films taking place on a dystopian Earth, the cause of the death of most of mankind is made clear at the outset.  The progression of global warming caused a desperate attempt in 2014 to cool the planet by seeding a chemical into the atmosphere.  The result was a cataclysmic Ice Age and almost everyone has died.

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‘Smashed’ isn’t a smash hit, but it’s darn close

Mary Elizabeth Winstead drinks too much in 'Smashed'
Mary Elizabeth Winstead drinks too much in ‘Smashed’

Films about someone suffering from alcoholism aren’t new.  Days of Wine and Roses, 28 Days and When a Man Loves a Woman are among those in the genre where at least one drunk finds reason to get sober.  Smashed takes the concept one step further, and while it hews closely to Days of Wine and Roses, it isn’t exactly the same story.

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