A Week In Film #334: Flixin’

Stalingrad (2013) title screen
Stalingrad (2013)
Not Oserov’s 1990 one, nor Vilsmaier’s 1993 one; this is Bondarchuk’s shitty and over-glossy 2013 one.

Escape From Alcatraz title screen
Escape From Alcatraz
Ol’ Rawhide tries to figure out how the hell to get off this damn Rock. A Don Siegel-Clint Eastwood classic.

Deterrence title screen
American president Kevin Pollak is trapped in a remote diner with his entourage during a nuclear standoff. Decent if stagey drama, with ensemble cast including Timothy Hutton, Sean Astin, Badja Djola, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Clotilde Courau, directed by critic-turned-filmmaker Rod Lurie.

The Cruel Deep title screen
The Cruel Deep AKA Escape Under Pressure
Dire ‘action adventure’ about a boat hijacking, international art thieves, and Rob Lowe. Seriously, it’s not worth it.

Breach title screen
Mardy counter-terrorism Federal officer turns out to be kinky mole. Chris Cooper is great as FBI turncoat Robert Hanssen, and director Billy Ray keeps things interesting if not groundbreaking.

Suspect Zero title screen
Suspect Zero
FBI agents are on the trail of a dangerous serial killer; they leave no stone unturned, no cliche unused. Oh, and MIND CONTROL. Sort of Se7en-meets-The Silence Of The Lambs by way of MKULTRA, only really, really boring. With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart and Carrie-Anne Moss, directed by E Elias Merhige.

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