Spy movies have been around almost as long as the cinema. Great Britain produced the first spy movies during the silent era and the Great War (or World War I). Master German director Fritz Lang contributed to the genre (and pretty much set the standard) with his movie Spies in 1928. Lang’s Dr. Mabuse films also contained a host of spy-film elements. Alfred Hitchcock, in his pre-U.S. films of the 1930s, helped popularize the genre with a variety of films including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Secret Agent, and Sabotage.
It seems that movies taking place on submarines were a dime a dozen back in the 1940s and 1950s, many set during World War II. There are also classic submarine movies that don’t specifically take place in wartime, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and On the Beach, and there are a few popular modern-day sub movies like The Hunt for Red October, but the last major film to be set on a submarine is 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker. So are audiences ready for another trip in the confines of a steel tube deep under the sea?
We are living in a strange time. One would think that in the 21st century, the humans that populate this planet would have learned something over the ages about tolerance. Instead we just see more and more instances of intolerance in our own country and around the world. The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shed a light once again on the lengths some people will go to in order to further their own agenda on the rest of us.
Usually when a message-movie like Selma is released during the holiday season, the first thing I think of is “shameless Oscar grab.” But Selma is definitely anything but a brazen attempt by a filmmaker to win an award. Selma truly is the most important movie you will see this year.
In Magic in the Moonlight (Sony Pictures Classics), one of Woody Allen’s subtlest comedies ever, the writer/director revisits the past, specifically the 1920s, a period of which he is especially fond (see Midnight In Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Zelig, and Shadows and Fog). This time out he tells the tale of skeptical but accomplished English magician Stanley (Colin Firth), who performs in Chinese costuming as Wei Ling Soo. When he’s not making elephants disappear or slicing women in half, Stanley vigorously debunks spiritualists.
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