Tag Archives: Charles Dance

Game of Thrones: There Be Dragons

As the ending neared for the most talked-about TV series on the planet, its most die-hard fans and some of America’s most unforgiving television critics were piling it on. The show wasn’t as smart as it used to be, now it was all about action. The writing wasn’t true to how these people viewed the … Continue reading Game of Thrones: There Be Dragons

Victor Frankenstein

MEET YOUR MAKERS. In 19th-century London, medical student Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) helps a hunchback (Daniel Radcliffe), who has great knowledge of human anatomy, escape from a circus. We’ve seen the Mary Shelley story on the silver screen many times before, but this one chooses a different perspective – Igor’s. Much more is made of … Continue reading Victor Frankenstein

Johnny English Strikes Again

HIS LICENCE RENEWED. HIS INTELLIGENCE RESTRICTED. When British intelligence is hacked and all active agents exposed, the government is forced to spring one of their old talents, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), back into action. The third part in this franchise came many years after the second one and makes a sometimes amusing point out of … Continue reading Johnny English Strikes Again

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

TO SURVIVE 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND, THEY’LL NEED BEAUTY, WEALTH AND A KILLER INSTINCT.  In early 19th century England, zombies have become an existential threat; Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), who’s been trained abroad in weaponry, meets one of the most skilled zombie hunters around, Darcy (Sam Riley)… The clever novel that fused Jane Austen’s classic with … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44

Woman in Gold

THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE NEVER ENDS.  California resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires young attorney Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve Gustav Klimt’s painting ”Woman in Gold” from Austria; a portrait of her aunt, the Nazis stole the painting from her family. A reality-based story about a significant battle over artwork that reached … Continue reading Woman in Gold

Underworld: Blood Wars

PROTECT THE BLOODLINE.  Sensing a new threat in the shape of a strong leader who knows how to unite Lycans, the vampires convince Selene (Kate Beckinsale) to train their forces. The fifth film in this franchise picks up the story from the last chapter and has Selene fighting both a dangerously conniving vampire (Lara Pulver) … Continue reading Underworld: Blood Wars

Underworld: Awakening

VENGEANCE RETURNS. After humans learn about the existence of vampires and Lycans, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is imprisoned in cryogenic suspension, but breaks free. After a detour in the shape of a prequel (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) that only saw Beckinsale in a small part, she’s back for this fourth chapter that moves the story … Continue reading Underworld: Awakening

And Then There Were None

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S DARKEST THRILLER.  In 1939, ten strangers are invited to a mansion on a remote island off the coast of Devon; none of them knows who their mystery host is, but soon the murders begin… Another adaptation of the oft-filmed Agatha Christie classic, but this miniseries must be ranked as one of the best. … Continue reading And Then There Were None

Ghostbusters

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? When one of New York City’s oldest buildings appears to be haunted, two parapsychologists jump at the chance to see an actual ghost, and drag a skeptical friend (Kristen Wiig) along. The folks behind the original franchise long tried to get a third movie made, but instead we got a remake … Continue reading Ghostbusters

Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

BEHIND EVERY CODE IS AN ENIGMA. The title refers to a paper that the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing wrote in 1950 where he introduced his now-famous test of a machine’s ability to imitate a human being’s intelligent behavior. The test is performed only through text, with questions and answers, and if the judge of the … Continue reading Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

Your Highness

BEST. QUEST. EVER. When a virgin that his dashing brother (James Franco) is about to marry is kidnapped by a sorcerer, slacker Thadeous (Danny McBride) joins the quest to save her. A fantasy comedy from the Pineapple Express (2008) director who reunites with both Franco and McBride. The movie is wrapped in silliness; some of … Continue reading Your Highness