CRITICS. Clint Eastwood in Mexico, Gerard Butler in prison and more movie premieres

This week’s billboard reinforces the intention of the studios to present their releases only in theaters, although there are several exceptions to the rule, as you can see in our list of the week, which includes proposals that range from modern westerns to cinema experimental, through unbridled action and inspired biography.

CRY MALE

Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eduardo Minett, Natalia Traven

Genre: Drama / Neo Western

As the living legend that he is, Clint Eastwood has fans all over the world, and Mexico is no exception. This simple fact makes the Aztec and Latino audience in general feel particularly attracted to his new film as an actor and director, “Cry Macho” (available in theaters and on HBO Max starting this Friday), which has many dialogues in Spanish and is takes place in the neighboring country, to which the character of the icon (a Texas cowboy named Mike Milo) moves in order to find his boss’s ‘lost’ son (a rebellious teenager named Rafo Folk and who is played by Edward Minett).

But that does not mean that the new feature film, based on a novel of the same name that was published in 1975, is among the best of his filmography, far from it. Without being completely unsuccessful (seeing Eastwood in action, creating shots and riding a horse at the age of 91 is an unquestionable luxury), the film incurs several faults that are impossible to ignore, among them having been filmed in New Mexico instead of of the places in which it supposedly takes place, that is to say, something that should not happen in productions of this magnitude.

Of course, the most problematic here is the simplistic and one-dimensional representation of the Mexican characters, especially in the case of the female ones, which are limited to Leta (Fernanda Urrejola), Rafo’s mafia and seductive mother, and Marta (Natalia Traven). , a restaurant owner who is always immensely kind (and inexplicably flirts with Mike from the first moment she sees him). On the other hand, the inevitable romantic moments always come hand in hand with “Sabor a mí”, a traditional piece that has been used ad nauseam.

In any case, beyond the always striking presence of an Eastwood who somehow maintains his integrity despite his advanced age, “Crazy Macho” defends itself by its lack of excesses even in moments of violence, the nostalgic aspect of his staging and the good chemistry that exists between Mike and Rafo, who, fortunately, always speaks English with a strong accent, as it should be.

COP SHOP

Director: Joe Carnahan

Cast: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder

Genre: Action / Thriller

If your tastes are inclined towards action movies with police elements, you can’t miss “Copshop” (available in theaters starting this Friday), a ‘thriller’ that, despite the lack of great novelties and originality, works much better than could be expected due to the relevance of its cast and the creativity of its director Joe Carnahan, author of small classics of the genre such as “Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane”, “Narc” and “The Grey”.

The first scenes of the film are not very exciting, because they are dedicated to showing the characters and establishing what is happening through dialogues that, without being bad, end up being too descriptive. But once the violence breaks out, it all escalates significantly, punctuated by high-efficiency hit-and-shoot sequences and a clear allusion to similar ’70s films as we’re set in the confines of a police station under siege. a merciless assault.

“Copshop” also benefits from a convincing performance by Gerard Butler (who plays Bob Viddick, a hit man who intentionally seeks to be arrested in order to eliminate a con man named Teddy Murretto and also efficiently embodied by Frank Grillo) and by the presence of a great villain (Anthony Lamb, assigned to the great Toby Huss); but the most important twist around here (and one that definitively starts the film from the past) is that one of the leading roles is in the hands of a courageous African-American agent, Valerie Young, entrusted to the young and talented actress Alexis Louder, which It offers an unexpected feminine intervention to a job that, in other times (and even today), would have had someone like Bruce Willis or Keanu Reeves in the position.

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Director: Michael Showalter

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Vincent D’Onofrio

Genre: Biographical Drama

The true story of the popular and controversial televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker comes to the big screen thanks to “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, a lavish production that can be seen exclusively in theaters starting this Friday and that, without being perfect , gives us an absolutely spectacular performance from Jessica Chastain, winner of the Golden Globe for “Zero Dark Thirty”.

The film, directed with enormous visual flight by Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”), tries to cover too much, which takes away the opportunity to delve deeper into the complicated behaviors of its characters, which especially affects the manipulative and greedy Jim, who is very well represented by Garfield (his physical transformation is impressive), but who is drawn rather sketchily. However, the film never ceases to be entertaining and surprise us at every turn, despite the fact that it lasts more than two hours.

And, of course, it gives us a magnificent Chastain, even more dazzling than the ex-Spider-Man in his changes of appearance and absolutely exuberant in his adoption of a character who ends up being shown as the victim of a greater scheme and with a sympathy that is not It will probably be liked by those who continue to see her simply as a shameless freeloader, but who makes all the sense in the world within the story that is told and in the real context of the treatment that women have received over time.

THE NIGHTHIRE INN

Director: Bill Benz

Cast: Annie Clark, Carrie Brownstein, Dakota Johnson

Genre: Thriller / Comedy

The most ‘rare’ and original proposal of the week comes from the hand of “The Nowhere Inn” (available this Friday in theaters and Video On Demand), a mockumentary with strong musical elements that is led by the outstanding singer of ‘ art rock’ St. Vincent (Annie Clark) and the popular comedian (and also rocker) Carrie Brownstein.

In fact, the only thing missing from these two ladies in the current project is having directed it, because in addition to starring in it, they were the authors of its script, in which they play themselves while telling a fictional story in which the first hires the second in order to direct a documentary about her life, which ends up facing them due to creative reasons, self-centeredness and insecurities.

Those who have followed the career of the artists involved will better enjoy a proposal that openly uses elements taken from real life, to the point of touching on very personal circumstances that Clark usually avoids publicly; but anyone who is interested in appreciating a film with a profound feminist and contemporary imprint in which men are not the center of attention, and which, in addition to being told in a certain experimental way, has excellent concert scenes, cannot miss this.

BEST SELLER

Director: Lina Roessler

Cast: Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman

Genre: Drama / Comedy

We have no doubts about the histrionic abilities of the charming Aubrey Plaza, and on this occasion, the descendant of Puerto Ricans shows us once again that she can do much more than pure comedy by putting herself not only at the head of a dramatic project (which, yes, has comedic elements), but also by placing herself at the height of a true eminence of acting: the British Michael Cane, who shares the screen with her in “Best Sellers’, available in theaters and On Demand from this Friday.

Here, Plaza plays Lucy Stanbridge, who has inherited the family publishing house and, faced with a series of failed launches that put her on the brink of bankruptcy, decides to seek out Harris Shaw (Caine), one of the most favored writers. by his late father, as well as a guy who hasn’t published anything in fifty years, who finds himself confined to a house about to be seized by the bank, who is a consummate alcoholic and who greets anyone who dares with a shotgun. To visit him.

Despite the enormous challenge she faces, Lucy manages to get Shaw to agree to publish a new book and embark on a tour that, due to his erratic behavior, proves disastrous, but unexpectedly connects him with a young audience delighted with his rantings. Plaza and Caine are very good, and despite the fact that the story ends up leading us to tearful circumstances that should have been avoided at all costs, the general experience is positive.

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CRITICS. Clint Eastwood in Mexico, Gerard Butler in prison and more movie premieres


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