Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of...Read more
A cast of lived-in faces lend a documentary realness to Mike Leigh’s fascinating epic
Moira Macdonald - Seattle Times arts critic
You’re not likely to recognize any of the actors in Mike Leigh’s fascinating, epic “Peterloo”; he’s assembled a cast of weathered, lived-in faces who lend a documentary realness to this story of working-class Manchester in the early 19th century. “Peterloo” is constructed around a real-life event: the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, in which military forces on horseback attempted to shut down a peaceful assembly of tens of thousands of people who hoped to hear famed orator Henry Hunt speak about voting reform. But the assembly’s events — shocking and brutal and uncannily quiet in its aftermath — take up only a small part of the film; Leigh is more interested in what led to it, and in contrasting the lives of families with that of the upper-class voices of the government and military.
Like Leigh’s previous films, many of them masterpieces (“Topsy-Turvy,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Mr. Turner”), “Peterloo” takes its time, giving us little by way of explanation and grounding but creating, in its bits and pieces, a vivid and coherent world. You watch, dreading the terrible event that looms ahead, and wishing the events of this film didn’t reverberate quite so closely today.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, Connie Britton
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Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an...Read more
An untamed man and horse connect in 'The Mustang'
• Three stars out of four •
Lindsey Bahr | Associated Press
We don’t learn our protagonist’s name for quite some time in “The Mustang,” the feature debut of French writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. All we know at first is what we see and what Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts projects. Schoenaerts is a commanding presence, and usually a quite empathetic one in films like “Rust and Bone” and “A Bigger Splash,” but here with a shaved head and a rage simmering beneath his nearly dead eyes, he’s downright terrifying. It’s not until he’s assigned to manure duty as part of the correctional center’s wild horse training program that a light even starts to come back on, partly because the head of the program, Myles (Bruce Dern), treats the inmates like human employees, not criminals. Even with its unusually restrained running time, “The Mustang” is a powerful and emotional journey framed by gorgeous sun-soaked shots of the stark Nevada landscape. But Clermont-Tonnerre has established herself as a filmmaker to watch with “The Mustang” and has also made the most compelling case yet that Schoenaerts can not only handle an American accent but excel with it, too.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading