When Paul Heth showed up in Moscow after the Soviet Union disbanded, the former U.S. soldier had nothing more than $600 and a love of movies. Now he’s taking on some of Russia’s wealthiest men in a race for box office riches.
In 1938, an eccentric 74-year-old Tennessee farmer named Felix “Bush” Breazeale decided he wanted to attend his own funeral. So he planned a pre-emptive service that attracted national publicity and drew 12,000 people, including reporters, photographers and hot dog vendors.
Michael Winner, who died today, was a successful movie director before he started writing about restaurants for the Sunday Times, where his self-professed ignorance about food never inhibited him from trenchant views.
The masterly cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gives “Jack Reacher” something of a grainy look, which is just right. Expensive production values weren’t a hallmark of the 1940s noir this thriller efficiently emulates.