Two powerful but very different dramas were reviewed by film critics Chuck Koplinski and Pam Powell in today’s Friday Flicks: Dark waters and Marriage Story.
Dark Waters (Starts Friday) Based on a true story, Mark Ruffalo plays Robert Bilott, a corporate defense attorney for large chemical corporations who flips sides when he takes the case of a Pennsylvania farmer and sues DuPont for poisoning his land and that of the surrounding community. A quiet sense of outrage courses through this film and Ruffalo keeps it on track with an unassuming, tenacious turn that is a portrait of true heroism. Of all the recent films devoted to social justice, this is the best. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. AMC-C, SAV.
Marriage Story (Starts Friday) Writer/director Noah Baumbach’s cutting look at the dissolution of a couple’s marriage is based on his own experiences and it’s obvious. There’s an agonizing intimacy to the film that results in a heartbreaking but satisfying conclusion after witnessing the marrieds-in-question-Charlie and Nicole (Adam Driver & Scarlett Johansson)- destroy one another before reaching an understanding between each other. Great performances and insightful writing make for a mature, satisfying drama buoyed by great supporting performances by Alan Alda, Laura Dern and Ray Liotta. 3 1/2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 136 minutes.