Director: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney. USA 2016. 96 mins.
It’s rare that you know the outcome of a film from the get-go but nonetheless remain riveted throughout, but that’s exactly what Clint Eastwood’s Sully provides. It tells the story of how Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Hanks) landed his airliner in Manhattan’s Hudson River in 2009 without loss of life, following a bird strike that disabled both of the plane’s engines. In the aftermath, even as the public and media heralded the heroics of the captain and his co-pilot Skiles (Eckhart), the pair faced an official investigation that accused them of endangering the lives of the 155 souls they actually saved. Using time jumps and Sullenberger’s imagined nightmare outcomes, Eastwood and writer Todd Komarnicki astutely recreate the events that happened and the disaster scenarios that were avoided.
Director: Gareth Edwards. Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn. USA 2016. 134 mins.
Franchise newcomer Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directs the first of three stand-alone films in the Star Wars Anthology series. Set between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One follows a band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans of the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Young tearaway Jyn Erso (Jones) joins Rebel officer Cassian Andor (Luna) to lead the daring mission, which must evade the iron fist of Director Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn), an Imperial officer with eyes on becoming the Emperor’s right-hand man. Unlike the original Star Wars trilogy, which provides a black and white view of good and evil, Rogue One sidesteps clear morality – and the Jedi – to explore the grey areas of the galaxy far, far away.