Body Of Lies
Russell Crowe as a stateside-based CIA manager, Leonardo Di Caprio his field agent, on the hunt for a master terrorist in Jordan, Mark Strong the local intelligence chief. Better than it should have been, not as good as it could have been. Directed by Ridley Scott, which says all you need to know. Terrible attempt to depict Manchester in the prologue.
Live By Night
Ben Affleck writes, directs, stars in this period gangster flick based on a Dennis Lehane novel, about a Prohibition-era gangster who relocates from Boston to Florida. Not terrible, but very middle of the road and with nothing to make it bona fide brilliant. With Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana.
The Image Revolution
Patrick Meaney’s pretty fascinating documentary on the creation of the big creator-owned indie comic publisher. Todd McFarlane is predictably angry throughout; Rob Liefeld comes across rather well with more self-reflection that I would have credited him with.
Amusing silliness with Charlie Day and Ice Cube as a pair of very different high school teachers who end up in conflict. FGreat support from Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani and Dean Norris. Directed by Richie Keen, written by Van Robichaux, Evan Susser and Max Greenfield.
Westerplatte AKA Westerplatte Resists
Polish war film from 1967, depicting fairly accurately the defence of a crucial location in ‘Danzig Free City’ sandwiched between the newly independent Poland and Nazi Germany’s East Prussia as Hitler orders invasion. From Stanisław Różewicz and Jan Józef Szczepanski.
Ghosts Of Sugar Land
Short, personal documentary from Bassam Tariq in which he interviews old pals from his hometown suburb of Houston in regard of ‘Mark’, a rare black friend in their predominantly South Asian, Muslim neighbourhood. ‘Mark’ converted to Islam and became radicalised. He may have been an FBI agent.