Tag Archives: Danny Huston

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

THE TRUE STORY OF THE LAST FILM FROM ORSON WELLES.  The same year when Morgan Neville made the critically celebrated Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, he also took on Orson Welles and the fabulous story of how the director spent years trying to finish his last movie, The Other Side of the … Continue reading They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

21 Grams

HOW MUCH DOES LIFE WEIGH? Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first American film begins with complete chaos; pieces of the puzzle are thrown at us and slowly we put it together, realizing what the three main characters (a man in need of a new heart, a former convict who’s found religion, and a woman with a … Continue reading 21 Grams

Wonder Woman

POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER.  Finally, after the failures of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Comics delivered a superhero adventure able to rival the Marvel movies. Directing her first feature film in 14 years, Patty Jenkins and her team craft a handsome and robust equivalent to the Captain America movies, set … Continue reading Wonder Woman

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

Stolen

12 HOURS. $10 MILLION. 1 KIDNAPPED DAUGHTER. Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage), who’s just out of prison, learns that his former partner (Josh Lucas) isn’t dead after all, but in hiding; now he’s kidnapped Will’s daughter and wants $10 million from an earlier heist. Another completely forgettable action movie from Cage and Simon West (who made … Continue reading Stolen

Hitchcock

BEHIND EVERY PSYCHO IS A GREAT WOMAN. Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is on top of his game, but when he decides to turn a real-life story about a deranged murderer who shared a bed with his dead mother into a movie, he’s in for a challenge. The story of how Psycho (1960) risked ending the … Continue reading Hitchcock

The Conspirator

ONE BULLET KILLED THE PRESIDENT. BUT NOT ONE MAN.  Shortly after the assassination of President Lincoln, 27-year-old war hero Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) agrees to defend Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) who owned the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth planned the attack. The story of the first woman ever to be executed in a federal … Continue reading The Conspirator

Wrath of the Titans

FEEL THE WRATH. Years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is living a quiet life with his son as a fisherman when his father (Liam Neeson) comes to tell him that he needs his help saving the world once again. This sequel to Clash of the Titans (2010) has better 3D effects, an amusing performance by Bill … Continue reading Wrath of the Titans

Edge of Darkness

SOME SECRETS TAKE US TO THE EDGE.  When Boston detective Thomas Craven’s (Mel Gibson) daughter (Bojana Novakovic) is brutally murdered on his doorstep, he finds clues that lead to a powerful energy company. Director Martin Campbell also made the 1985 British miniseries that inspired this violent but emotional thriller. It’s a good transition that tries … Continue reading Edge of Darkness

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

HE’S ACROSS THE POND, AND OUT OF HIS DEPTH. British reporter Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is hired by a NYC celebrity magazine, but he realizes that nothing will come to him cheaply and that he must learn how to play the game. Loosely based on Toby Young’s hit memoir of his experiences in the publishing … Continue reading How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

In the 1840s a young boy discovers that he has special powers; 160 years later he’s a veteran of every American conflict since the Civil War, but is about to face his greatest challenge yet. The fourth movie in this franchise provides us with a background for Wolverine before he met Professor X. It’s an interesting … Continue reading X-Men Origins: Wolverine