At the cinema: The darker side of Hollywood

At the cinema: The darker side of Hollywood

Let’s face it; show business is not for the faint of heart.

It's a grind that few people can handle, let alone master to the point where the success pays for the effort put in. Behind the glamour and pomp and circumstance, there is an ugly side to Hollywood.

Beginning 11 November, we’ll get to see the darker side of Hollywood at Camana Bay Cinema in "The Comeback Trail." Two producers, played by Robert De Niro and Zach Braff, find themselves in debt to the mob and decide to set up an insurance fraud scheme that’ll hopefully clean their record. With an impressive cast of Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Emile Hirsh and Eddie Griffin, it's movies like this that make you want to go back to the cinema — even when most of the blockbusters are being delayed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another new feature this month, "Freaky," aims to give the body swap genre a devilishly funny spin. Christopher Landon, the director of the very successful "Happy Death Day" horror franchise, gives us the story of a high school girl and the man who killed her finding themselves trapped in the other’s body. Starring Vince Vaughn, "Freaky" is set to open 11 November.

Kids Club
In what is essentially the defining film of the adolescent adventure genre, "The Goonies" continues to give audiences a thrill ride that hasn’t lost steam even decades after its release. Starting the careers of Josh Brolin and Sean Astin, this movie follows a group of friends who go to find lost treasure to save their home while evading gangsters and fatal booby traps. See this top-tier family film 7 November.

Classics at the Cinema
John Wayne was a legend for a reason. You could pile on the pounds to his 62-year-old body, put an eyepatch on him and he would still end up nailing his role in a classic western. And for the Duke’s performance in the original 1969 "True Grit," he also won an Oscar for Best Actor. Wayne plays U.S. Federal Marshall Rooster Cogburn, who is contracted by a young woman to hunt for the man who killed her father. See "True Grit" for one showing only on 3 November.

One of Shakespeare’s later works, "Coriolanus" is a story of a successful general going into politics after his military career. The success he finds in politics, while fruitful, may go to his head. Starring Tom Hiddleston and filmed as one of the National Theatre Live presentations, "Coriolanus" shows for one night only at Camana Bay Cinema on 21 November.

This article originally appeared in the October 2020 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline "De Niro and the Duke coming in November."

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