Most of all, although, it’s a saga about perseverance and bravado, two qualities that Neulinger – then, and now – displays in spades. No matter that her characters are affected by malevolent supernatural forces, Natalie Erika James’ directorial debut is a thriller with grimly sensible business on its mind.
Hugh Jackman is pretty much as good as he’s ever been in the second film from Thoroughbreds director Cory Finley, a based mostly-on-a-true-story drama about an early aughts embezzlement scandal in an upscale Long Island public-college district. As Frank Tassone, Jackman plays a liar, a showman, a consummate politician, and, truly, a fairly good superintendent, if you don’t mind the crimes. But it’s finally as tragic as it’s humorous, a narrative about the basic contradictions of public schools that generate and profit vastly from local dollars, all of the while paying lip service to schooling as a better calling. A rural … Read More