Tag Archives: Alfred Molina

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph and his best friend Vanellope enter the Internet, hoping to find a steering wheel and thereby saving the arcade game that is home to Vanellope and many other game characters… The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is an improvement on the original, throwing its characters into an Internet that takes physical form, providing brilliant … Continue reading Ralph Breaks the Internet

Vice

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

The Front Runner

THE WEEK AMERICA WENT TABLOID.  As Democratic senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) embarks in 1987 on another campaign for the presidency, reporters get wind of a possible extramarital affair… Matt Bai’s book showed us how American journalism was transformed because of the ”Monkey Business” scandal, but the impact is lessened onscreen, perhaps because we’ve seen … Continue reading The Front Runner

Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

Show Me a Hero: American Skin

HOW DOES A POLITICIAN KNOW HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING? WE MAKE HIM PAY. This miniseries is not like binge-watching a new season of House of Cards. It takes some effort. A co-worker of mine saw the first episode and gave up, but that’s normal. No one wants to see more after the first episode. … Continue reading Show Me a Hero: American Skin

Monsters University

SCHOOL NEVER LOOKED THIS SCARY. This prequel to Monsters, Inc. (2001) takes us back to school; the story has our two monstrous heroes meeting for the first time as students attending Monsters University. They take an instant disliking to each other, but are forced to work together as a team when they’re close to getting kicked … Continue reading Monsters University

Love is Strange: Moving Out and Moving On

According to a Gawker interview with director Ira Sachs, this film was primarily funded by 25 gay men and women who made money in other fields. It portrays part of the gay scene in New York City. For instance, there is a very amusing scene where the two leads visit Julius’, a landmark gay bar … Continue reading Love is Strange: Moving Out and Moving On

Rango

Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices … Continue reading Rango

The Hoax

BASED ON THE TRUE STORY. WOULD WE LIE TO YOU? In the early 1970s, desperate writer Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) tells his publisher that he’s in touch with the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and intends to write his biography. A hopeless real-life story to tell, really, since Irving’s hoax couldn’t have ended in any other … Continue reading The Hoax

An Education

INNOCENCE OF THE YOUNG. London, 1961; 16-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) meets an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) who takes her places and treats her to beautiful things, but she realizes that he has secrets. Danish director Lone Scherfig’s first international film has a title that pretty much sums the story up. Based on Lynn Barber’s … Continue reading An Education

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

IT’S THE COOLEST JOB EVER. Ten years after a supernatural encounter in a Manhattan bookstore, physics student Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) meets a sorcerer (Nicolas Cage) again who explains to him that he’s destined to become his apprentice. The folks behind the National Treasure movies deliver another well-paced, effects-laden adventure for a younger audience. Interestingly … Continue reading The Sorcerer’s Apprentice