Tag Archives: Amy Ryan

Beautiful Boy

A TRUE STORY OF ADDICTION, SURVIVAL AND FAMILY. Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s first English-language film is a drama inspired by a real story, combining two perspectives in one script. The Sheff family’s struggle with drug addiction was chronicled in two books, written by the young man who goes through this hell, and his father … Continue reading Beautiful Boy

The Infiltrator

THE TRUE STORY OF ONE MAN AGAINST THE BIGGEST DRUG CARTEL IN HISTORY.  In the 1980s, Customs agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes undercover as a businessman helping Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar launder money in the U.S. Escobar keeps inspiring new stories long after his death, even about people who weren’t really part of … Continue reading The Infiltrator

In Treatment: Pushing Patients

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

Central Intelligence

SAVING THE WORLD TAKES A LITTLE HART AND A BIG JOHNSON. Twenty years after graduating from high school, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is contacted on Facebook by a guy who was spectacularly humiliated by bullies – and he turns out to have changed a lot. An action-comedy that benefits from Dwayne Johnson’s enthusiastic performance as … Continue reading Central Intelligence

Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

  Director Alejandro González Iñárritu reportedly sat down with the legendary Mike Nichols for dinner to discuss his next project, a comedy that would be shot as one long take. Nichols warned him not to go ahead with this idea since editing has always been a key ingredient in how you make comedy work in … Continue reading Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

Escape Plan

NO ONE BREAKS OUT ALONE. Professional breakout artist Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself thrown in a state-of-the art prison whose warden (Caviezel) learned lessons from the best – Ray himself. A throwback to action movies of the 1980s, with a formulaic story and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. If it’s possible to ignore flaws in the … Continue reading Escape Plan

Clear History

A STORY OF WEALTH, FAME, POWER… AND THIS GUY.   Nathan Flomm (Larry David), who’s moved to Martha’s Vineyard and assumed a new identity after botching the greatest business deal in history, suddenly sees his former partner (Jon Hamm) there and plots revenge… This HBO project was made in the same vein as David’s Curb … Continue reading Clear History

Green Zone

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ROY MILLER IS DONE FOLLOWING ORDERS. Shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team are busy trying to find WMD stashes, but the locations are empty and Miller smells a rat… Welcome to the Iraq War, Jason Bourne style. This very loose adaptation of the … Continue reading Green Zone

Gone Baby Gone

EVERYONE WANTS THE TRUTH… UNTIL THEY FIND IT. Private detectives Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) are hired to look for a missing girl in Boston; two cops are assigned to help them, but the case has surprises in stow. Ben Affleck’s directing debut, an adaptation of his favorite book, was an eye-opener; … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone

Capote: Writing in Cold Blood

  Truman Capote has had a tremendous influence on journalism. “In Cold Blood” is the book to read for any student aspiring to become a great reporter. Apparently, Capote was aware of the future legacy of his book; at one point in this film, he says “Sometimes when I think of how good my book … Continue reading Capote: Writing in Cold Blood

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

GREED. BETRAYAL. REVENGE. FAMILIES CAN BE MURDER. Andy Hanson (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks his younger brother (Ethan Hawke) into robbing their parents’ jewelry store; they’re both in dire need of money, but the heist goes awry. Director Sidney Lumet may be in his 80s, but that won’t slow him down; in this dark thriller about … Continue reading Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead