A new episode of the movie review podcast CinemAdddicts is out, and to top things off we cover the latest Marvel release Captain America: Civil War. Though I’ve been a diehard comic book fan since the tender age of 5, I was slightly disappointed by Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3. Thankfully Captain America: Civil War, which currently has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, is one of Marvel’s finest outings and also sets the table for future movies headlined by Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the latest iteration of Spider-Man (a perfectly invested Tom Holland).
During the second segment we review Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, a flick which centers on Ernest Hemingway’s (Adrian Sparks) final years in Cuba. Giovanni Ribisi is the Miami based reporter who befriends Hemingway, with Joely Richardson co-starring as Mary Hemingway. CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan and I have vastly differing opinions on the film (I loved it), which is based on late writer Denne Bart Petitclerc’s close friendship with the Hemingways.
One of my favorite films this year is The Wait, an Italian film about a mother (Juliette Binoche) who’s mourning the unexpected death of her son. When the son’s girlfriend (Lou de Laage) arrives to his Sicily domicile, the mother keeps her child’s death a secret. The picture’s essentially a two-hander that features excellent performances from the leads. Piero Messina, an assistant director of the Oscar winning film The Great Beauty, makes his feature directing debut in this film, which also features arresting visual work from cinematographer Francesco Di Giacomo.
Anderson’s streaming pick of the weak is Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau and my Blu-ray choice is the recently released Western Jane Got a Gun which stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton.
Captain America: Civil War opens nationwide May 6, with Papa: Hemingway in Cuba and The Wait hitting select theaters April 29.