Tag Archives: Christoph Waltz

Alita: Battle Angel

HER TIME IS NOW. In 2563, Earth has been devastated; scientist Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in the junkyard, gives her a new body and learns that she has great powers. This 3D adaptation of the Japanese manga series was long in the making, but the final result is worth a look. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Tulip Fever

Amsterdam, 1634; an artist (Dane DeHaan) is hired to paint a portrait of Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) and his young wife (Alicia Vikander), but falls madly in love with her. The co-writer of Shakespeare in Love (1998) takes on the Dutch Golden Age and its notorious tulip mania without having anything interesting to say about … Continue reading Tulip Fever

The Legend of Tarzan

A NEW THREAT AWAITS. In the late 19th century, an English nobleman (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to the Congo that he left behind a long time ago on a mission to investigate suspected Belgian slave trade. Tarzan has returned to the big screen many times before, and in different shapes; this 3D adventure doesn’t change the … Continue reading The Legend of Tarzan

Muppets Most Wanted

TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE. This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

Big Eyes

SHE CREATED IT. HE SOLD IT. AND THEY BOUGHT IT.  In 1950s San Francisco, aspiring artist Margaret Ulbrich (Amy Adams) meets another painter, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), and marries him; he soon becomes wildly famous for his paintings of children with big eyes… but Margaret is actually behind them. A longtime collector of Keane’s work, … Continue reading Big Eyes

Horrible Bosses 2

NEW CRIME. SAME TOOLS. When Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) try to start a company together and are screwed by their financier (Christoph Waltz), they come up with a scheme to get back at him. As is the case with far too many sequels, the story is thinner but the … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

The Green Hornet

PROTECT THE LAW BY BREAKING IT. When a newspaper tycoon (Tom Wilkinson) dies, his slacker son (Seth Rogen) rises to the occasion… and accidentally becomes a masked crimefighter. Michel Gondry’s foray into comedic superhero movies was heavily panned by critics; it doesn’t live up to its promise as a visually playful romp (not even in … Continue reading The Green Hornet

Django Unchained

LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF VENGEANCE. In 1858, a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) buys a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and makes a deal with him: if Django helps him identify three wanted brothers, he’s a free man. With Quentin Tarantino, you know what you’re getting – this unashamedly blood-soaked, overlong spaghetti Western pays … Continue reading Django Unchained

The Three Musketeers

EVERY LEGEND HAS A NEW BEGINNING. In the early 1600s, three musketeers reluctantly join forces with young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman), who wants to become one of them, and do battle with enemies who’ve stolen da Vinci’s airship blueprints. Yet another version of this tale, spiced up by the man behind Resident Evil, who throws in … Continue reading The Three Musketeers

Water for Elephants

LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH.  In 1931, twentysomething Jacob (Robert Pattinson) loses his parents in an accident and joins a circus where he ends up challenging the star performer’s (Reese Witherspoon) marriage to the ruthless manager (Christoph Waltz). A pleasant Depression-era soaper for sentimental crowds that takes a little time to get … Continue reading Water for Elephants