This week’s reviews by TFCA critics, including Paddington 2, The Commuter, and Happy End.
TFCA Friday – Week of October 13th, 2017
October 13, 2017
Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.
Reviews and features by: Peter Howell (PH), Gilbert Seah (GS), Radheyan Simonpillai (RS), Nathalie Atkinson (NA), Barry Hertz (BH), Jim Slotek (JS), Karen Gordon (KG), Brian D. Johnson (BDJ), and Chris Knight (CK).
Opening this Week
78/52 (dir. Alexandre O. Philippe)
“The film only stumbles, ironically, in fortifying the very male gaze Hitchcock himself was attempting to deconstruct” — BH, including a feature interview with the film’s director
BPM (120 Battements Par Minute) (dir. Robin Campillo)
The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker)
“Alexis Zabe’s rapturous cinematography reminds us that magic is where you find it. You don’t need a golden ticket to Mickey’s kingdom, although you can see it from here” — PH, featuring an interview with star Willem Dafoe
The Foreigner (dir. Martin McDonald)
“[Jackie Chan] pulls it off with full deference to his age, wincing with every fall, occasionally being overpowered. I would have gleefully watched a whole movie of that. Unfortunately, there’s all this other stuff” — JS
Goodbye Christopher Robin (dir. Simon Curtis)
“The last act—in which Billy goes missing in the war and presumed dead (a trite plot development but for the fact it actually happened) and father-and-son reconcile in a clunky, sentimental way—seems tacked on by a studio note” — JS
Happy Death Day (dir. Christopher Landon)
The Limehouse Golem (dir. Juan Carlos Medina)
“The Golem is the audience that relishes violence,” director Juan Carlos Medina tells Nathalie Atkinson in a chat about London, The Limehouse Golem, and the fine art of murder
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (dir. Peter Landesman)
The Meyerowitz Stories: New and Collected (dir. Noah Baumbach)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (dir. Angela Robinson)