World War Z
First screened in August 2013
Director: Marc Forster. Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena, Daniella Kertesz, Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido, David Andrews, Elyes Gabel, James Badge Dale, David Morse, Grégory Fitoussi, Peter Capaldi, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ernesto Cantu, Vicky Araico, Ruari Cannon, Matthew Fox, Denis Ischenko, Nikola Djuricko, Elen Rhys, Sarah Amankwah, Michael Jenn. Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof (based on the graphic novel by Max Brooks).

Twitter Capsule: From heinous backstory comes studios' best release this year: wide scope, bravura scenes, brutal turns, bold concepts.

VOR:   People think I'm nuts, but up-to-date action filmmaking? Check. Thinking outside U.S. box? Check. Timely, touchy issues in pop envelope? Check. Harrowing vision of hard choices? Check.

Photo © 2013 Paramount Pictures/Plan B Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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