Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 10/16 issue

index#barnesyardharrumphs:

*David Ayer’s hyper-violent WWII film Fury recycles war-is-hell cliches from the silent era to The Simpsons.

*As the curmudgeon with a heart of fool’s gold at the center of St. Vincent, Bill Murray brings a soulfulness that the film can’t match.

*There is a stony ambivalence to the way that Adam Wingard’s The Guest refuses to build a coherent mythology, but too much of it feels like a self-satisfied shrug.

index2#barnesyarddumps:

*On the surface, Kill the Messenger tells a meaty film story about the unfairly disgraced investigative reporter Gary Webb, but this warmed-over biopic is less interested in the messenger than the message.