Leo Brady publishes new reviews for “Free Fire,” “The Promise,” “Colossal,” and “Cezanne et Moi”



Sometimes it’s just fun to watch a good ole’ fashioned shootout. And sometimes, as critics, we often complain about how movies today are filled with dumb and mindless entertainment. Well, in director Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire, I give you full permission to sit back and enjoy the wild action, no matter how little knowledge you gain when you leave the theater. There may not be too much to truly analyze about this, as it involves a collection of thugs, arms dealers, drug users, and a badass Brie Larson, congregating in an abandon warehouse in this fun filled shoot-em up extravaganza. Free Fire keeps your head on a swivel, in this fast paced bullet storm.


There is a bit of a conundrum with how I felt about The Promise, the newest film from director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). On one hand, telling the world about the genocide of the Armenian people is extremely important. It must be seen and heard, especially by those who may not know of the history of these people. I knew very little and was glad to learn. They were removed from their homes and mercilessly killed during the fall of the Ottoman empire. The unfortunate part however, is that this film is lacking in the focus and emotions to make it worthy of it’s epic scale and attempt at romance. Frankly, The Promise fails to keep any end of the bargain.


In Colossal, the best advice I can give is for you to know nothing about it going in, stick with it, and bask in this films brilliant originality. This is a monster flick, with comedy, and deals with human subject matters, such as alcholism, childhood trauma, and finding ones self. Anne Hathaway delivers a commanding performance, that is not quite like anything I have seen her do before, in director Nacho Vigalondo’s surprisingly fantastic new film. Plain and simple, Colossal is a gigantic hit!


In Cezanne et Moi, the films focus is on the friendship between impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (Guillaume Gaillienne) and author Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet), but what I found most refreshing was that even though this is a film set in the 1800’s, the relationship between these two artists feels current for any time. The push and pull between these two men is the central focus, in a film that highlights exactly what it means to be a tortured artist. What rises to the surface, is a unique expression of masculinity, and how ones passions can drive someone closer to the art they hope to create, or further away from the ones they love. If anything, Cezanne et Moi is a film about friendship conflicting with creation.


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