Monday, May 20, 2024

This Weekend: Phantom Thread, 12 Strong and Den of Thieves


This weekend we see the expansion of 2017 films Phantom Thread and Hostiles, with a few 2018 newcomers in 12 Strong and Den of Thieves. So while you want something more artful, something brooding or perhaps you’re in the mood for a conventional action film, there are some options out there if you’re in the mood for a trip to the theaters.

Phantom Thread

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Synopsis: Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Quick Take: It’s Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, what’s not to love here?



12 Strong

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner
Synopsis: 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Quick Take: I love this cast, and the idea of modern soldiers on horses is interesting, but the trailers were mundane. I’m hoping for the best, but expecting mediocrity.



Den of Thieves

Director: Christian Gudegast
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber
Synopsis: A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Quick Take: I could take it or leave it. I like Gerard Butler overall though, so I’ll maybe give this a shot at some point.



What will you be seeing this weekend?

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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