Tag Archives: Angelina Jolie

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

German filmmaker Hermann Vaske spent 30 years working on various projects, but always returned to the fundamental question asked in the title of this documentary. As he meets one celebrity after the other while traveling all over Europe and the U.S., these undeniably creative people are sometimes startled to be asked that question and try … Continue reading Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

First They Killed My Father

Cambodia, 1975; after the Khmer Rouge take over the country and impose a crushingly strict Communist regime, 7-year-old Loung Ung (Sareum Srey Moch) and her family are among the many displaced. No one can question Angelina Jolie’s commitment as a humanitarian with a special interest in Cambodia, but that doesn’t automatically make her a great … Continue reading First They Killed My Father

Beyond Borders

IN A PLACE SHE DIDN’T BELONG, AMONG PEOPLE SHE NEVER KNEW, SHE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. After a horrifying, eye-opening encounter with a desperate doctor (Clive Owen) who’s been working in Ethiopia, socialite Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie) becomes engaged in his plight. Jolie’s work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador was reflected in … Continue reading Beyond Borders

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

Maleficent

EVIL HAS A BEGINNING.  After being betrayed and violated by a boy who wants to be king, a fairy (Angelina Jolie) gets her revenge years later by cursing his newborn daughter. A dark interpretation of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale that turns the tables and humanizes the wicked Maleficent. As in Snow White and the … Continue reading Maleficent

The Tourist

THE PERFECT TRIP – THE PERFECT TRAP. On a train to Venice, an American math teacher (Johnny Depp) meets a beautiful woman (Angelina Jolie) and is drawn into the Scotland Yard’s hunt for her mysterious lover. This remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer (2005) was the director’s first American project and he ends up … Continue reading The Tourist

Kung Fu Panda 2

PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS. When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D adventure … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2

Wanted

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) has a dead-end job and a girlfriend who prefers to have sex with his best friend, but his miserable life changes on the day he learns his destiny. This loose adaptation of a comic book series has a few similarities to The Matrix (1999), as a simple office drone is transformed … Continue reading Wanted

The Good Shepherd

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED. Robert De Niro should direct more films; this story about the rise of the CIA after WWII, a pet project of his for quite some time, has the ring of truth. No real-life people are portrayed here … Continue reading The Good Shepherd

Beowulf

PRIDE IS THE CURSE. In 6th century Denmark, the monster Grendel crashes a party at a castle and kills a lot of people; the king (Anthony Hopkins) hires a warrior called Beowulf (Ray Winstone) to destroy him. After The Polar Express (2004), director Robert Zemeckis made another film with performance capture technology; the results are a slight improvement. … Continue reading Beowulf