Tag Archives: Ben Mendelsohn

Spider-Man: Far from Home

While traveling in Europe with his high-school class, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) encounters a watery threat… but a new hero (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) has Spidey dealing with a potential new Avenger as well as trying to woo MJ… and learning a thing or two about how impressions can deceive. … Continue reading Spider-Man: Far from Home

Captain Marvel

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A (HER)O. In 1995, Vers (Brie Larson) returns to Earth, a member of an elite alien force… but also with vague memories of life as a U.S. Air Force pilot. Virtually serving as a parenthesis between two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame, this film introduces another Marvel hero while also taking … Continue reading Captain Marvel

Ready Player One

BREAK FREE. In 2045, Ohio teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) takes part in a high-stakes game where the reward means ownership of OASIS, a virtual-reality platform that most people on Earth take part in. Steven Spielberg is the right person to capture the essence of the novel, having created much of the pop-culture world that … Continue reading Ready Player One

Robin Hood

THE LEGEND YOU KNOW. THE STORY YOU DON’T.  After serving in the Crusades, Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) returns home only to find his estate seized by the same man who forced him to leave in the first place, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). A retelling of the classic story that satisfied no one, … Continue reading Robin Hood

Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE IN. In 2014, there were two different Winston Churchill projects in development. Producer Douglas Urbanski, who was also Gary Oldman’s manager, kept nagging the actor to play the prime minister, but he dismissed the idea, unable to picture himself as Churchill. At the same time, producer Eric Fellner had his … Continue reading Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

Bloodline

Initially a critically lauded Netflix drama from the creators of Damages (2007-2012) that also used flashbacks as clues to something sinister that had happened in the past; here, they were haunting a prominent Florida Keys family, the Rayburns. Everything came to a head when the oldest son and the family’s black sheep, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), … Continue reading Bloodline

Rogue One

A REBELLION BUILT ON HOPE. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) becomes involved with the Rebel Alliance and its quest to steal the blueprint for the Death Star; her father deliberately hid a fatal flaw inside this powerful space weapon… This 3D prequel to Star Wars (1977) was made by the Godzilla (2014) director and has a … Continue reading Rogue One

Exodus: Gods and Kings

ONCE BROTHERS, NOW ENEMIES.  Moses (Christian Bale) is raised by the Pharaoh of Egypt (John Turturro) together with his son Rhamses (Joel Edgerton), but when the truth about Moses’s heritage emerges, everything changes… Ridley Scott returns to epics, a genre he commands well, this time inspired by a biblical story rather than Roman or Medieval … Continue reading Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Place Beyond the Pines

In Blue Valentine (2010), director Derek Cianfrance explored a marriage over several years. This time, his story evolves over 15 years as we first follow a man (Ryan Gosling) who becomes a bank robber, then a cop (Bradley Cooper) who takes a bullet in the line of duty, and eventually both men’s teenage sons as … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines

Killing Them Softly

After a robbery takes place at a mob-related poker game, professional enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is hired to look into it. Director Andrew Dominik reunited with Pitt from The Assassination of Jesse James… (2007) for a gangster movie with ambitions. Exactly what those are remains unclear; frequent attempts to tie the story to the … Continue reading Killing Them Softly