Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a New Yorker who in 1841 was deceived and sold into slavery. And although his story is told with immense dignity, its epic adaptation into film doesn’t quite capture what inner strength it took to endure the ordeal.
Former mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” as an ex-marine turned contract killer whose life is on the line when her boss, also her former lover, turns on her. While the script often fails to deliver, in a world where ever-shrinking starlets no longer look capable of throwing a convincing punch, it is both refreshing and admirable to see an actress like Carano doing all her own stunts and fighting her way through such an A-list cast.
On the surface, “Shame” is about a man with a sex addiction but taps into the paradoxically isolating nature of modern, high-tech society in surprising ways. Unfortunately, it’s the first part that’s been getting the most attention, and having seen the film, I can’t say that I blame people.