(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a trio of new movies; “At Any Price”, a drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, which is about a Pakastani man trying to make it in America in the midst of societal conflict, and “Burt Stern: Oringial Mad Man”, a documentary about one of the visionaries of photography in advertising.
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:
AT ANY PRICE (R)
Zac Efron starred in one of my favorite movies: Me and Orson Welles. Now he gets another good role as a rebel with a cause. He doesn’t want to be a farmer like his father, he wants to race cars. His father is beautifully played by Dennis Quaid, as a desperate charmer and hustler.
Fine rural detail, a reality based story of the powerful agribusiness versus the family farm. Will play fine on DVD, but fine big screen storytelling, too.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (R)
Based on a novel about a young Pakistani man, Director Mira Nair gives us a troubling, engrossing tale. Riz Ahmed plays the title role, going from Princeton to success on Wall Street, back to Pakistan as a professor, then on to the CIA and militants.
There’s a love story mixed in, the best I’ve seen Kate Hudson ever. Also costarring Liev Shreiber and Keifer Sutherland, it’s smart but uncomfortable in these troubled times.
BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN (NO RATING)
Take a voyage into the life of a man who changed advertising and photography. From selling products in a new way to Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting, this is not only the story of marketing in a new way, but of a man who outgrows his passion, but never for women.
Intimate and interesting, especially for those who follow our culture’s way of selling products and people.
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