Peter Jackson attempts to finish his second Middle-earth trilogy in grand style, but the result is minor at best. Plus, a quick review of the Cannes winner, Winter Sleep
Mon 27 Oct 2014
Lynn Shelton’s latest lags behind her other films. Plus, reviews of Force Majeure and the new-to-DVD Million Dollar Arm.
Thu 25 Sep 2014
I don’t remember watching full episodes of The Equalizer during its ’80s heyday, but I do have a dim memory of the ads that played between the shows I actually watched. As I recall, the generally featured lots of gunplay, the occasional explosion and the show’s gray-haired star, Edward Woodward, glowering into the camera. While I can’t accurately say if those “Next time on…” teasers accurately reflected the content of the show, they do more or less sum up what happens in the movie version, which offers two full hours of gunplay, explosions and Denzel Washington (taking over from Woodward) glowering into the camera. In that respect, The Equalizer could be considered an entirely faithful adaptation of its source material…or at least, the advertisements for its source material.
Wed 24 Sep 2014
The Iranian-born, London-based screenwriter Hossein Amini (his credits include Snow White and the Huntsman and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive) adds “director” to his resume with The Two Faces of January, a ’50s-era psychological thriller based on one of the lesser-known thrillers penned by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley among others). The movie, which is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters on Friday, stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a married couple who get in hot water while vacationing in Greece and Oscar Isaac as the low-level street criminal who lends them a hand…mainly so that he can cozy up to Dunst. I spoke with Amini before sitting down to talk with Mortensen for a Q&A that’s posted over on Yahoo Movies and you can read some excerpts from our conversation below.
Fri 19 Sep 2014
Thu 14 Aug 2014
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for another magical mystery food tour.
Wed 30 Jul 2014
Quick takes on two smaller movies, now in theaters.
Fri 13 Jun 2014
Grooving on the unique musical stylings of the Swedish punk rock flick, We Are the Best!
Fri 23 May 2014
Bryan Singer gives the X-Men franchise, and his own career, a much-needed adamantinum shot in the arm.
Fri 6 Jul 2012
Oliver Stone’s Savages is one of the summer’s most purely enjoyable entertainments. I definitely had more fun with this rollicking crime story than the leaden reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. Check out my reviews from the last few weeks by clicking the links below.