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
I’ve never been in therapy, but have always been curious about it. I do have a friend who was simply unable to put a destructive relationship behind him once and for all. What went on during the therapy sessions concerns only him and his doctor, but it was obvious that things would not look up … Continue reading In Treatment: Pushing Patients
LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!
FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT. After a catastrophic event resulting in a new ice age, mankind’s only survivors are packed onboard a huge train traveling a worldwide track; one day, the poor in the back mount another attempt at revolt… The Korean director’s English-language debut has a premise that won’t stand up to scrutiny, … Continue reading Snowpiercer
Aaron Sorkin’s return to television was touted as a classic network drama made for cable, taking us behind the scenes of ACN, a fictional cable news network, where a legendary anchor (Jeff Daniels) was getting bored with the current predictable state of the media and politics; the arrival of an ex-girlfriend (Emily Mortimer) as ACN’s … Continue reading The Newsroom
Woody Allen followed up his successful Midnight in Paris (2011) with another light-hearted excursion to a fabled, romantic city in Europe. Once again magical realism does its best to sell Rome as an irresistible place of history and culture where anything could happen. Among others, we meet an American retiree (Allen) who discovers an opera … Continue reading To Rome With Love
SOMETHING’S HAPPENING TO DAN. IT’S CONFUSING. IT’S AWKWARD. IT’S FAMILY. Widower Dan Burns (Steve Carell) meets the charming Marie (Juliette Binoche) in a bookstore and they connect… but during a subsequent family gathering he realizes that she’s his brother’s new girlfriend. The guy who made Pieces of April (2003) returns to that concept and portrays … Continue reading Dan in Real Life