nicole kidman

‘Bombshell’ Is a Hit-and-Miss Attempt at Depicting Corrupt Newsroom Culture

Christopher Karr

The film never settles on a protagonist, and the storytelling mimics The Big Short, which was itself a poor aesthetic rip-off of the seminal movie of the decade, The Wolf of Wall Street. The screenplay relies heavily on telling instead of showing; the info-dumps pile up into a mountainous heap of superfluous details. Charlize Theron’s impressive transformation into Megyn Kelly notwithstanding, Bombshell ultimately doesn’t live up to its title because of Roach’s lack of style, perspective, and insight.

‘Hemingway & Gellhorn,’ ‘The Impossible’ Arrive on DVD, Blu-ray

Forrest Hartman

The latest film to shed light on Hemingway's life is the HBO drama “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” a picture about his relationship with his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Although Hemingway is the best-known half of the power couple, Gellhorn is noteworthy in her own right, having established a career as one of the finest war correspondents of the 20th century. The film begins and ends with an aging Gellhorn (portrayed beautifully by Nicole Kidman) recalling her past. 

‘End of Watch,’ ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Arrive on DVD, Blu-ray

Forrest Hartman

Writer-director David Ayer made his name showing film lovers the ugly, dangerous side of Los Angeles, and his greatest achievement to date is “End of Watch.”  The documentary-style film focuses on two police officers working the roughest parts of L.A. Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious former Marine who films many of his on-duty adventures for a night-school project. His partner, Miguel Zavala (Michael Pena), is a devoted father and husband expecting his second child. 

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