Tag Archives: Bruce Greenwood

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

When J. Edgar Hoover suddenly dies in 1972 and is replaced by a man with improper ties to Nixon’s White House, FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) becomes increasingly frustrated. The beginning of the Watergate scandal was depicted in All the President’s Men (1976); this far less effective film follows the man who became … Continue reading Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

REPORTS OF MY DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED.  After a deadly attack on the Kingsman organization, Eggsy and Merlin (Taron Egerton, Mark Strong) are the only survivors, but when they contact the American branch they learn that a dearly departed associate is actually alive… The sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) shows Matthew Vaughn … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Steven Spielberg felt an urgency. At a time when the United States had elected a president who made it one of his top priorities to attack the free press, to label any newspaper or TV network that had any kind of critical coverage of his administration ”fake news”, we needed a movie that stood by … Continue reading The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Thirteen Days

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE HOW CLOSE WE CAME.  In October 1962, White House advisor Kenneth O’Donnell (Kevin Costner) becomes a witness to how President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) challenges a Soviet decision to put missiles in Cuba capable of delivering a nuclear strike on the U.S. The ultimate screen portrait of the Cuban missile crisis … Continue reading Thirteen Days

Gold

PROVE ‘EM ALL WRONG.  In the 1980s, the unsuccessful son (Matthew McConaughey) of an oil tycoon bets everything he has on a dream to find gold in the Indonesian jungles together with a dapper geologist (Édgar Ramírez). The filmmakers take a real-life mining scandal that happened in 1993 and build an entirely fictional drama with … Continue reading Gold

Flight

When a flight to Atlanta crashes in a field, Captain “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington) gets credit for saving so many lives… but a toxicology screen at the hospital shows that he was drunk. Robert Zemeckis’s first non-animated film in 12 years is a compelling drama about alcoholism anchored by a very strong performance by Washington … Continue reading Flight

Star Trek: Into Darkness

BEYOND THE DARKNESS, LIES GREATNESS. After an attack on Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco, the main suspect (Benedict Cumberbatch) hides on Klingon territory and is pursued by a vengeful Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew. The sequel to Star Trek (2009) is equally impressive, boasting beautiful visual effects (now in 3D that looks great even … Continue reading Star Trek: Into Darkness

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

Super 8: Monster Mash

IT ARRIVES. Director J.J. Abrams’s first major collaboration with Steven Spielberg prompted David Edelstein of New York Magazine to spell it out: “Abrams has probably been fighting not to reproduce Spielberg’s signature moves since the day he picked up a camera. Now, with the blessing of the master, he can plagiarize with alacrity.” Super 8 is not … Continue reading Super 8: Monster Mash