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The Lost City of Z 1/2 out of 4 stars 7 and 7:20.m. April 13. Its said more than once in this true-life adventure that a mans reach should exceed his grasp.
The motto applies to the heroic lead character, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam of TVs Sons of Anarchy). As an explorer of the remarkably perilous jungles of early-20th-century South America, home to snakes, cannibals and headhunters, and as a British Army officer on the front lines in France in World War I, Fawcett was a learned gentleman and a fearless daredevil.
The reach-exceeding-grasp maxim also relates to the creativity captured by writer/director James Gray, who shows he can create a world that looks old-school yet feels relevant. For someone whose films to date have been emotional rather than epic, this is one heck of a stretch. And a successful one.
The film balances insights into Victorian standards of honor and duty with a grip on contemporary attitudes about the eras assertive colonialism. It also digs into the troubled relationships that Fawcetts relentless exploration created with his wife (Sienna Miller) and eldest son, lopez played by Tom Holland, the new Spider-Man. Colin covert, the Truth Beneath.m.
April 14. Anthony Main;.m.
April 15 at Uptown Theatre. Check out Korean cinema.
They do berserk suspense films like this relentlessly entertaining nightmare better than anyone. The female screenwriter/director lopez and largely female acting company create a densely layered, wildly visualized kidnapping comedy.
Son Ye-jin is electrifying as the deferential wife of a novice politician running in a nasty election. When their tween daughter vanishes, and he snags the sympathy vote, she digs into the investigation personally.
The plot, weird and underhanded far beyond normal parameters, held me in hypnotized fascination start to finish. Strongly recommended, doubly so because writer/director Lee Kyoung-mi will attend. (103 ames min., South Korea).
Colin covert, the Fury of a Patient Man 1/2.m. April 15 at Uptown Theatre; 9:30.m.