Disney’s Jungle Cruise a splashier Hollywood spectacle

World | 27 Jul 2021 11:58 am

Amusement park attractions don’t always make great movies, but Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” will hope its transition from Disneyland to screen goes more like “Pirates of the Caribbean” than “Tomorrowland,” AP reports.

Starring Dwayne Johnson as a riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a scientist, “Jungle Cruise” is one of the splashier Hollywood spectacles to wade into the pandemic.

Originally slated to be released last year, the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed PG-13-rated adventure will open simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ for US$30.

— One of the summer’s most delicious movie events is the neo-noir series running on the Criterion Channel. It’s a 26-film gallery of some best noirs that came well after the genre’s ‘40s and ’50s black-and-white heyday. If film noir captured the creeping shadows of postwar American life, later noirs resurrect similar moods of disillusionment for the decades that followed: new eras of despair for paranoid private eyes and deconstructed detectives.

One standout, 1975’s “Night Moves,” by Arthur Penn and starring an electric, vicious Gene Hackman, was released within a year of Richard Nixon’s resignation. The cynicism is overwhelming and ferocious.

The series’ entries span Ossie Davis’ “Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970) to Rian Johnson’s “Brick” (2005) and include films like “The Long Goodbye,” “Chinatown,” “Body Heat” and “Blood Simple.”


 



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