Tag Archives: Alicia Vikander

Burnt

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE. Top chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) disappeared from his restaurant in Paris; when he shows up in London three years later, he’s sober and out to get a third Michelin star. There are plenty of mouth-watering dishes on display here and the movie does illustrate our contemporary … Continue reading Burnt

Ex Machina

TO ERASE THE LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE IS TO OBSCURE THE LINE BETWEEN MEN AND GODS. Programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a contest for a one-week visit at the isolated home of his company’s mysterious CEO (Oscar Isaacs); once there, he’s introduced to a new creation, a robot (Alicia Vikander) with artificial intelligence. … Continue reading Ex Machina

Tulip Fever

Amsterdam, 1634; an artist (Dane DeHaan) is hired to paint a portrait of Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) and his young wife (Alicia Vikander), but falls madly in love with her. The co-writer of Shakespeare in Love (1998) takes on the Dutch Golden Age and its notorious tulip mania without having anything interesting to say about … Continue reading Tulip Fever

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A HIGHER CLASS OF HERO. In 1963, the CIA and the KGB team up, forcing their top agents (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) to reluctantly cooperate on a case where Nazi sympathizers might get their hands on a nuke. After taking on the world of Sherlock Holmes with amusing results, Guy Ritchie turned to a classic … Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Jason Bourne

YOU KNOW HIS NAME. When the CIA realizes that a former technician of theirs, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), intends to expose a top-secret file and has made contact with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), the hunt is on once again. It took nine years for Damon and Paul Greengrass to reunite for a third sequel to … Continue reading Jason Bourne

The Danish Girl

FIND THE COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF. In 1926, the celebrated Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) begins to dress up as a woman, encouraged by his wife (Alicia Vikander) as part of a social experiment… but the experience awakens emotions that he’s been suppressing for a long time. The story of the artist who subjected … Continue reading The Danish Girl

The Fifth Estate

YOU CAN’T EXPOSE THE WORLD’S SECRETS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOURSELF.  In 2007, German journalist Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) meets Australian computer hacker Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Berlin and begins working with him on a website devoted to exposing classified information provided by anonymous sources. Bill Condon’s portrait of the rise of WikiLeaks goes for an … Continue reading The Fifth Estate

Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

Documentarian and writer Stig Björkman offers an intimate look at one of the most famous movie stars ever, using her private diary notes and film recordings of life with her family – or families, rather, since Ingrid Bergman’s incurable restlessness was a defining part of her personality. Meeting her adult children, all four of them, … Continue reading Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

A Royal Affair

THEY CHANGED A NATION FOREVER. In the 1760s, a German physician (Mads Mikkelsen) influences both the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) and his unhappy British bride (Alicia Vikander). The director made the political drama King’s Game (2004) exciting and returns for another fascinating study of power, this time the battle … Continue reading A Royal Affair