Ridley Scott’s spectacular retelling of the story of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings, opens just as Running Press is releasing a lavish new book about the man who single-handedly created the Hollywood Biblical Epic, Cecil B. DeMille.
Our Movies For Grownups choices this week include just one new film and not a favorite, at that. Still, some would say you could have worse company than Brad Pitt, Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott.
The Counselor is a mess of a movie. That's surprising, given the talent in this modern noir - Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt - and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist.
Tony Scott directed 16 films, including the Tom Cruise hits Top Gun and Days of Thunder, but he got little of the critical acclaim showered on Hollywood contemporaries such as Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. Accolade-wise, he even was overshadowed by his older brother Ridley, whose trio of Academy Award nominations in the best director category amounted to three more than Tony ever got.
If you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg's E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong, or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott's Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi.
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