Roadside Attractions, the domestic distributor who has released such hot-button issue films as SUPER SIZE ME, PROJECT NIM and THE COVE, enters into the controversy surrounding health care with its pickup of ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. The film, which made waves at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically in early October, just as the presidential election hits its final stretch. FIRE explores the broken U.S. healthcare system and the Obama administration’s attempts to reform it (as well as the Republicans’ attempt to block that reform). The film not only points to the problems in the current system, but gives voice to professionals who make concrete suggestions on how to improve the system without bankrupting the government, insurance providers or the public at large. The film is expected to be a catalyst for partisan opinion, particularly of the Supreme Court alters any provisions of the health care reform laws that the Obama administration has been able to put in place as its signature first term legislation.
Grade: A- Greta Gerwig is one of the most underrated talents working in movies today. Not only has she given one great performance after another, but she’s also consistently taking on roles that define Generation Y. She acted as the … Continue reading
Dostoyevsky, Kant, Sartre and the standard Woody Allen May-December romance. Reaffirms Allen’s belief that intellect wins the ladies. Do you have a moral curfew? If you could go back in time, would you baby Hitler to save millions of … Continue reading
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading