Tag Archives: Carey Mulligan

Suffragette

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. REBELS. One day in 1912, East End laundress Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) accidentally finds herself in a suffragette riot and becomes drawn into an increasingly more violent struggle for women’s rights. After portraying a Conservative icon in The Iron Lady (2011), writer Abi Morgan took on the suffragette movement and showed the consequences … Continue reading Suffragette

Far From the Madding Crowd

In 1870s England, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) inherits her uncle’s estate and finds herself courted by three very different men. This remake of the 1967 film shaves an hour off but finds its own way to tell the story of a proud woman in Victorian times who decides if and when she has any use … Continue reading Far From the Madding Crowd

Inside Llewyn Davis

New York City, 1961; folk singer Llewyn Davis’s (Oscar Isaac) solo album isn’t selling and every night he’s trying to find new gigs and a place to sleep. That’s the situation we find him in, and that’s the situation we’ll leave him in, in this pre-Dylan portrayal of the early ’60s folk scene. The Coen … Continue reading Inside Llewyn Davis

The Great Gatsby

CAN’T REPEAT THE PAST? … OF COURSE YOU CAN! In 1922, Nick (Tobey Maguire) takes a job as a bond salesman in New York City and rents a house next to a sprawling Long Island mansion owned by the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) who nurtures an obsession with a woman. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of … Continue reading The Great Gatsby

An Education

INNOCENCE OF THE YOUNG. London, 1961; 16-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) meets an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) who takes her places and treats her to beautiful things, but she realizes that he has secrets. Danish director Lone Scherfig’s first international film has a title that pretty much sums the story up. Based on Lynn Barber’s … Continue reading An Education

Drive

GET IN. GET OUT. GET AWAY. A Hollywood stunt man (Ryan Gosling) drives getaway cars at robberies by night; his involvement with an attractive neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and a mobster (Albert Brooks) complicates his life. Pusher director Nicolas Winding Refn’s first American film is an exercise in style, featuring slickly staged ultra-violence set to an irresistible electro-pop … Continue reading Drive

Brothers

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY FAMILY. Marine Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) leaves his wife and children for a tour in Afghanistan; when he’s reported killed, his screw-up brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes almost a surrogate father. This drama has the potential of greatness, but anyone looking for the real deal should check out the original, … Continue reading Brothers

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

As the 2008 recession is beginning to wipe out parts of Wall Street, a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) loses his mentor… and America’s favorite corporate raider (Michael Douglas) is attempting a comeback. Much like the original, this sequel to Wall Street (1987) catches the mood of a specific era in the history of capitalism and there is gloom … Continue reading Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Never Let Me Go

In a world where clones are raised to become organ donors, three of them try to come to grips with that inevitable fact – as well as the feelings they have for each other. Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopia gets a respectable but perhaps overly solemn treatment by the One Hour Photo (2002) director. A very interesting … Continue reading Never Let Me Go

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies