Danielle Solzman reviews “12 Strong” and “Mom and Dad” on Solzy at the Movies

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12 STRONG

Unsung heroes get their due in 12 Strong as another declassified story comes to the screen.

Nicolai Fuglsig makes an impressive feature directorial debut by giving audiences a thrilling drama based on the book Horse Soldiers by author Doug Stanton that revisits the beginning years of the War on Terror with soldiers traveling on horseback.  In no easy feat, Ted Tally and Peter Craig adapted the book as a screenplay.  Perhaps because of this, it can be argued that 12 Strong also has some tropes of a Western with Afghanistan being such an undeveloped country and the number of shootouts that take place, granted some of this includes our heroes running for cover from rocket launchers.

MOM AND DAD

Mom and Dad may be crazy but the indie horror comedy features one of the finest performances from Nicholas Cage in recent years.

Written and directed by Brian Taylor, the film stars Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, and Zackary Arthur.

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