For everyone wanting a respite from the American political scene, "Our Brand Is Crisis" dramatizes a fictitious presidential campaign in Bolivia. However, savvy evaluations of what voters want matter more than what a candidate believes and underhanded tactics and dirty tricks depict an all too familiar scenario: selling candidates like products; winning is all that matters.
They're short and squishy or tall and Twinkie-shaped. They're yellow, serious, screaming yellow, and they have excellent toofies. They have one eye or two, one green or one hazel, and they wear goggles, helpful when they fall on their faces. And after reaching civilization, the leaders wear overalls. They're Minions.
Rarely does one living person participate in major international events over two and a half decades. But that's exactly what Yehuda Avner experienced as speechwriter and assistant to five Israeli Prime Ministers beginning in 1958. Director, co/producer and writer Richard Trank's informative, well-researched documentary "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers" presents Avner on camera, narrating his behind-the-scenes observations.
As "Gravity" opens, astronaut Commander Matt Kowalski works over 300 miles above Earth on the Hubble Telescope with his co-worker, medical engineer Ryan Stone. Quickly and unexpectedly, disaster strikes when debris from a communications satellite destroyed by Russia hurtles toward them at phenomenal speed. And through the 3-D magic created by director/co-writer Alfonso Cuarón, a breathtaking film begins.
Yes, it's derivative, and, yes, it's violent with bullets going through foreheads, bang in the bangs. Yes, it's vulgar with the F bomb dropping like acid rain. But "The Heat" is also delightful. Just watching Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock bash each other, verbally and physically, is worth a lot.