This week’s reviews by TFCA critics, including Paddington 2, The Commuter, and Happy End.
TFCA Friday: Week of August 18th, 2017
August 18, 2017
Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.
Reviews and features by: Andrew Parker (AP), Jim Slotek (JS), Liam Lacey (LL), Brian D. Johnson, Peter Howell (PH), Gilbert Seah (GS), Chris Knight (CK), Barry Hertz (BH), Karen Gordon (KG), Eli Glasner, and Kate Taylor (KT).
Opening this Week
The Adventurers (dir. Stephen Fung)
Expo 67: Mission Impossible (dirs. Eric Ruel, Guylaine Maroist, and Michel Barbeau)
Good Time (dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie)
“Pattinson makes Connie one of the best roles of his career by turning a two-bit hood into a loyal family guy driven to help his brother. John Steinbeck would recognize these characters. So would Martin Scorsese, who is thanked in the credits” — PH
“Some films are steak; others, merely sizzle. Good Time, with a slick, frenetic artifice that quickly descends from thrilling to insufferable, is a step down from that. It’s sizzle played on a synthesizer” — CK
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (dir. Patrick Hughes)
“Many elements of the screenplay are inexcusably lazy. There’s an arbitrary and absurd deadline: If Kincaid can’t make it to the International Criminal Court before 5 p.m., Dukhovich will be set free—which seems like an unconscionably short statute of limitations for war crimes” — LL
Ingrid Goes West (dir. Matt Spicer)
“The heartbeat of the film is Plaza’s nimble performance—the micro-second behind-the-beat inability to glibness, the stilted smile in the selfie and that feral alertness to threat in her watchful gaze” — LL
In This Corner of the World (dir. Sunao Katabuchi)
Logan Lucky (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
“Colourful supporting characters help keep the pot boiling: a flirty health-care pro (Katherine Waterston); an eccentric FBI agent (Hilary Swank); a pompous prison warden (Dwight Yoakam); and the Logans’ sister (Riley Keough), a hairdresser who loves to split hairs” — PH
“The film hits a truly unexpected high when it introduces Daniel Craig’s bank-vault expert Joe Bang, an imprisoned force of comic fury whose unhinged performance elevates Logan Lucky above any notions of genre shtick” — BH, with a great conversation with the filmmaker
The Reagan Show (dirs. Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Valez)
Le Ride (dir. Phil Keoghan)
This Time Tomorrow (dir. Lina Rodriguez)
“Lina Rodriguez is a name you need to know” — our TFCA interview with the filmmaker
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