By Melissa Chapman
Movie theaters across the country are just starting to open up again, but if you’re still social distancing, the Warsaw Community Public Library can meet all your film needs.
Below are three films that might be of interest.
“Above Suspicion” is a film based on the true-crime book by Joe Sharkey. It is the story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. This gritty crime-thriller story stars Emilia Clarke as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal-mining town. When a FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. As Susan and Putnam’s relationship depends, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences. This isn’t a twisty nail-biter. It’s a sobering story of a woman deemed disposable.
“City of Lies” is a crime drama biopic about the unsolved case around the murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, known as the rapper Biggie Smalls.
As the cases surrounding Wallace and Shakur are still unsolved, the subject of “City of Lies’ is hot and controversial, which makes this movie more of a serious matter than an entertainment piece. It’s a film that will motivate audiences to explore the subject surrounding these artists, their dramas, the details revealed during the investigations, and the various connections between the figures involved.
In sum, “City of Lies,” whether or not you are a fan of these two artists, is an excellent production detailing serious matters that happened during the 1990s in Los Angeles. It reminds us how, even decades later, these events are still affecting pop culture and today’s public debates.
“The Father” is the film that won Anthony Hopkins the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar. The film is seen almost entirely through the eyes of Hopkins’ character. At times, the film comes off as a psychological horror film. Every scene in the film may be reality—or not. Is it a fantasy of a man in the deepest pits of dementia or more? Only at the very end do we encounter what may be a “truthful” scene. In all, “The Father” is highly entertaining and a different take on dementia setting into the mind of the vulnerable elderly. It is poignant, distressing, funny, inquisitive and tragic.