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Like a general loaded with medals in a ticker tape parade, the Broadway play August: Osage County arrives on the screen with credentials convincing enough to impress even the most jaded skeptic: a Pulitzer Prize, a script adapted from his own play by the celebrated Tracy Letts and a high-octane cast of award-winning actors most filmmakers only dream about. The mixed result, I am sorry to report, is a gumbo from the kitchen, half-prepared—a case of too many eyes on the oven timer.
Thank God. That’s all we have to say about this weekend’s Saturday Night Live game show, “Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?” While almost every other scene from the Jamie Foxx-hosted show congealed in a murky mess around some stale ’90s racial humor (Tyler Perry! How Black Is That! Tree Pimps! Ding Dongs! Bitch, What’s the Answer?), there was one joke that transcended its original premise, that all white guys look the same to black people. Totally on-point, they managed to get the two actors that no one (not even us) can tell the difference between … not even the actors themselves.
Dermot Mulroney–the actor from My Best Friend’s Wedding and The New Girl who is often confused for Party Monsters and American Horror Story‘s Dylan McDermott–has taken a role in the non-Aaron Sorkin-related Steve Jobs biopic.
Is that the one with Ashton Kutcher? We’re so confused!
Prepare to be devastated. Films of hair-raising terror about people doing unspeakable things to each other are a dime a dozen, usually with a built-in hole in their armor (people can always outsmart people). But movies about helpless humans versus uncontrollable nature are rare. A new one called The Grey, about the survivors of an airplane crash in the frozen wastes of Alaska at the mercy of carnivorous wolves, is the movie equivalent of a wet finger in a hot socket.
This is the scariest wilderness survival movie about men stalked by animals since Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins landed on the menu of a bloodthirsty, 10-ton grizzly in Lee Tamahori’s 1997 thriller The Edge, written by David Mamet.
If you haven’t reached the end of your attention span for dysfunctional families, here comes another one in Richard Levine’s Every Day. Liev Schreiber is absolutely perfect as Ned, a well-paid TV scriptwriter who appears to have it all–colorful job, perfect home, loving wife and two mature, intelligent sons with promising futures. But beneath the Read More
Soberly and responsibly, a small but significant film called Inhale, starring the underrated, charismatic and terrifically accomplished Dermot Mulroney, has arrived without fanfare or big-budget ad campaigns to capture some well-deserved attention. It tackles the growing horror of organ tourism–the search for illegal alternatives to long waiting lists for organ transplants that never happen. According Read More
FLASH OF GENIUS
RUNNING TIME 119 minutes
WRITTEN BY Philip Railsback
DIRECTED BY Marc Abraham
STARRING Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Dermot Mulroney
Equally sincere but without much entertainment value, Flash of Genius is another of those movies about honest, ordinary citizens fighting the powerful system of Read More
Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten , from his own screenplay, makes maximum use of a minimalist structure to deliver some cogent observations about the status of women in contemporary Iran. Over an indeterminate period of weeks or months, an upscale woman (Mania Akbari) who’s been divorced and remarried drives around Tehran conversing with a variety of passengers, Read More