This week’s movies include “Live by Night” directed by Ben Affleck, “The Space Bewteen Us” and “Resident Evil, The Final Chapter” .
FILM: LIVE BY NIGHT
CAST: BEN AFFLECK, ZOE SALDANA, ELLE FANNING, BRENDAN GLEESON, CHRIS MESSINA, SIENNA MILLER
DIRECTOR: BEN AFFLECK
What you put out in the world will always come back to you, but never how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s (Ben Affleck) nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again – in business and in love.
Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold, Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.
The son of a high-ranking Boston cop, Joe Coughlin went overseas to fight valiantly for his country, but quickly found himself utterly disillusioned by the war. He ultimately finds himself back home in, as he tells us, a life he didn’t expect…paying the price for the American dream.
“Joe fully acknowledges that he’s chosen to be an outlaw in a town run by gangsters, with the Irish and Italian mobs at war,” offers Affleck. “What I find most intriguing about him though is that, while he breaks the law and makes his own rules, it’s his own morality that prevents him from considering himself one of them, a gangster.”
But it’s Joe’s inherent sense of decency that could be his undoing.
‘Live by Night’ was a true passion project for Affleck, who says, “As a filmmaker, this was a chance to pay homage to the classic Warner Bros. gangster movies of the 1930s through the 1970s. I grew up watching them and they had an epic, sprawling feel that really took you into a different world, a different era.”
Affleck adapted the screenplay from author Lehane’s novel of the same name; the two first collaborated when Affleck made his acclaimed directorial debut with his screen adaptation of Lehane’s crime thriller ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’. Lehane served as an executive producer on ‘Live by Night’.
“Creatively speaking, Ben and I are a unique fit – and it’s not just the Boston thing, though the Boston thing is big,” Lehane smiles. “There’s something special about Ben’s aesthetic. His first time in the director’s chair was with ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ and he did such a beautiful job, I love that film. So when I heard he was going to adapt ‘Live by Night’, I was happy to be working with him again. And like before, watching this book transmogrify in Ben’s hands, from the screenplay on, was a special thing.”
As a lifelong film buff, Affleck posits that the story has all the tropes that made him a fan of the gangster genre in particular: beautiful women, dangerous men, cops, the mob, shootouts, car chases…the whole fiery, combustible mix. “As soon as I read Dennis’s book I knew that there was something there for anyone who just really likes to have a great time at the movies.”
FILM: THE SPACE BETWEEN US
CAST: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson
DIRECTOR: Peter Chelsom
In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins a unique and secret inter-planetary friendship with a foster girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson).
When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read and hear about on Mars. But after his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s gravity. Gardner joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
FILM: RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
CAST: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter
DIRECTOR: Paul W.S. Anderson
Picking up immediately after the events in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, humanity is on its last legs after Alice (Milla Jovovich) is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.