‘Radioactive’ is a bit hazardous, because it packs too much story

“Radioactive” – “I want to tell you about Radium, a most peculiar and remarkable element, because it does not behave as it should.” – Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) Marie Curie – born as Maria Salomea Sklodowska in 1867 Warsaw – did not behave as she should as well.  A physicist and chemist, Marie earned physics and mathematics degrees, and picked up her doctorate at the Sorbonne, where she became the university’s first female professor.  To say that Ms. Curie was ahead of her time is the understatement of the century,…

‘7500’: Take a number and get in line for this claustrophobic thriller

“7500” –  “How would an event like this go down in real life?” – director Patrick Vollrath, August 2019 at the Locarno Film Festival “Nice airplane.  Two wings and two engines.” – Capt. Michael Lutzmann (Carlo Kitzlinger) It’s 5:23 pm at the Berlin Airport, but it is unclear which one (Schönefeld or Tegel), and security cameras offer several viewpoints throughout this sprawling locale: the check-in area, various hallways, gates, and even a bathroom entrance.  During this montage, one clip focuses on five everyday men – in their 20s or 30s…

Just because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Cold War’

Every Wednesday, Art House Film Wire touts our favorite movies, because…well, just because!  This is especially true this week.   No, we don’t have a specific news tie-in or birthday to trigger a celebration of the Oscar-nominated  “Cold War” (2018), an intricately-constructed story of a dysfunctional relationship during the 1950s and 60s. We just love this movie. Now, director Alfonso Cuaron’s heavy favorite “Roma” (2018) won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” was not only our favorite foreign film of the year, but our #1 picture…