Indie Snapshot: Parkland

by Ethan Alter October 4, 2013 12:24 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>Parkland</i>

Sneaking into theaters before the impending wave of news reports and documentaries tied to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination next month, Peter Landesman's Parkland is a dramatic recreation of the events of November 22, 1963 with a variety of big-name actors playing individuals (both real-life and fictionalized) who were on the ground in Dallas when Lee Harvey Oswald fired his fatal bullet at the President's motorcade. In that way, it's not entirely dissimilar to the all-star disaster movies of the '70s, when A-listers like Steve McQueen, Gene Hackman, Dene Martin and Faye Dunaway played out cataclysmic scenarios for our enjoyment. For obvious reasons, Parkland isn't focused on entertainment value, instead treating Kennedy's death and its impact on both the movie's characters and the country as a whole with the appropriate respect and resonance. But there's also little insight to be gleaned from this stolid docudrama that wouldn't be covered in one of those soon-to-arrive non-fiction accounts.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

by Ethan Alter November 5, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Channing Tatum's attempt to be the next John McClane goes down.

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