Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Michael Chapman
Legendary cinematographer Michael Chapman (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL) made his directorial debut with this working-class coming-of-age film. Tom Cruise plays a high school athlete who hopes that football can save him from a dead-end life in the mill town where he lives. Craig T. Nelson is the coach with an agenda of his own who comes into conflict with his star player. Chapman places the compelling human drama against a naturalistic, richly detailed backdrop, and Lea Thompson is excellent opposite Cruise in the film’s tender and thoughtful love story.
Director Howard Deutch and screenwriter John Hughes followed up PRETTY IN PINK with a similar story that reverses the genders: This time Eric Stoltz is the have-not, Lea Thompson is the rich girl he has a crush on, and Mary Stuart Masterson is the best friend he doesn’t realize really loves him.
Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments. When Robert’s daughter announces that she’s engaged, he advises her against it - his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn’t last, and he doesn’t understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren’t quite as simple as they’d like. With Danielle Harris and Keri Lynn Pratt.
"Two people revisiting their long-ago marriage over dinner should-in theory-make a better stage play than a movie, but John Shea, Lea Thompson, and writer-director Jim Hemphill defy this beautifully in THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH. There isn’t a false note in either the dialogue or the performances. The characters as written and played have such intricate backstories, such complicated mixtures of motive, that their evening grows uniquely, movingly suspenseful." -The Village Voice
"Not since MY DINNER WITH ANDRE has a film consisting largely of a single conversation been such compelling viewing." -The Hollywood Reporter