Posts tagged Films based on actual events
VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Sully"

Three top-notch film critics of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle survived the miracle flight recreations and Clint Eastwood's soft touch of "Sully," starring Tom Hanks. Hear the mixed reactions after an advance screening from Jon Espino, Emmanuel Noisette, and myself!

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The definition of "marvel" can be given as a noun or a verb.  As a noun, it means "something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment."  When used as a verb, marvel means "to wonder of be curious about."  Several aspects about the true story behind "The Walk" spell out both definitions of marvel.  Just hearing about the daredevil feat orchestrated by Frenchman Philippe Petit, walking for an hour on a high-wire 110 stories up across the former twin towers of the World Trade Center, evokes a "He did what?!" head-turning reaction where you acknowledge the wonderment and want to learn more.  While not perfect, "The Walk" astonishes enough visually bringing this historic stunt to life to captivate movie-going audiences.

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"Selma," whose name echoes the history being told, is one of those films that gets history right, honors it, entertains you without sacrificing the real thing, and moves you to no end.  Anchored by an amazing lead performance from David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Selma" has the ability to break and shatter the hardest of souls, thicken your pulse, and devour your tissue box.  The experience is entirely worth all of that trouble.  Best of all, it earn that emotion from you.  Dare I say, "Selma" might be even better than last year's Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave."  That's the level of impact we're talking about.

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