What Movies Are Out: Inferno, American Pastoral

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno

What Movies Are Out – Inferno and American Pastoral

The past collides with the present at the weekend box office with “Inferno” and “American Pastoral,” two movies that delve into history while confronting current challenges — and this week’s episode of Made in Hollywood TV show has all the behind-the-screen details.

In the latest big-screen adaptation of a Dan Brown thriller, Tom Hanks returns as professor Robert Langdon, who wakes up with amnesia in an Italian hospital and joins forces with Felicity Jones‘s Dr. Sienna Brooks to foil a deadly global plot while trying to figure out who he is and how got into this mess.

Combining pulse-thumping action with lessons in art and history, “Inferno” travels to famous European landmarks, including the Palazzo Vecchio and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, where the film was shot on location.

“It’s what makes doing a film like this so much fun,” Jones tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “Our first two weeks were in Florence. It’s much nicer than being stuck in a studio for months on end.”

Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” gets the movie treatment with Dakota Fanning as the rebellious daughter Mary who disappears after being accused of setting off a bomb in a Vietnam War protest in a period piece whose themes resonate today.

“I think that films have the power to give perspective and to change opinions and to make people realize things,” Fanning tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold.

Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as a father known as The Swede who feels his family crumbling along with the rest of the country. “I’m a father of girls — I’ve got four girls — and The Swede has a daughter Mary,” he says. “And so there were things in their relationship that just touched me very deeply and I felt like I recognized things in it.”

Adds Jennifer Connelly, who plays his wife: “Certainly in the story of people feeling disenfranchised and unrepresented and turning to such an extreme violence is something that’s very much in the news today.”