Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 12/11 and 12/18 issues

foxcatcher-cannes-2014-4#barnesyardbumps:

*In Bennett Miller’s dark and compelling Foxcatcher, Steve Carell plays real-life billionaire and murderer John DuPont, and while the casting may seem like a stunt at first glance, the character actually has a lot in common with Carell’s other iconic role – Dundler Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott from The Office.

*Tommy Lee Jones’ slyly revisionist western The Homesman leads the viewer down familiar and comforting alleyways only to ambush them with ugly truths.

Wild#barnesyardharrumphs:

*Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild is blessed with excellent performances by Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, a smart Nick Hornby script, beautiful scenery, and exquisite editing and sound design, so perhaps the whole inspirational thing is just a little too Hike, Pray, Love for my taste.

Coming Up:

In this week’s issue of the SN&R, I will have reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Gambler, Into the Woods, and Unbroken.