Tag Archives: Domhnall Gleeson

Peter Rabbit

BORN TO BE WILD.  After the death of Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill), Peter Rabbit and his friends consider his vegetable garden theirs for the taking… but then the old man’s nephew (Domhnall Gleeson) arrives. Potter purists may object to this modernized adaptation of her work, but it isn’t remotely as offensive as some would claim. … Continue reading Peter Rabbit

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The evil First Order is now in control of the galaxy, but Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to come out of retirement and help the Resistance. The second chapter in the third Star Wars trilogy is ambitious, the mythology beautifully developed by Rian Johnson, and one of the most … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ex Machina

TO ERASE THE LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE IS TO OBSCURE THE LINE BETWEEN MEN AND GODS. Programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a contest for a one-week visit at the isolated home of his company’s mysterious CEO (Oscar Isaacs); once there, he’s introduced to a new creation, a robot (Alicia Vikander) with artificial intelligence. … Continue reading Ex Machina

Brooklyn

TWO COUNTRIES, TWO LOVES, ONE HEART. In 1952, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) leaves Ireland for New York City and settles in at a boardinghouse in Brooklyn, where she also finds a job… and a potential Italian boyfriend (Emory Cohen). A heartfelt look at the Irish-American immigrant experience through the eyes of a young woman who … Continue reading Brooklyn

The Revenant: Back from the Dead

BLOOD LOST. LIFE FOUND.  The movie business is full of strange rumors, exaggerations and lies. As a journalist it is sometimes difficult to navigate around them, especially when they seem highly likely to be true. However, one of the things said about The Revenant after the release of a trailer showing a bear attacking the … Continue reading The Revenant: Back from the Dead

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

About Time

A NEW FUNNY FILM ABOUT LOVE. WITH A BIT OF TIME TRAVEL. When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad (Bill Nighy) tells him the family secret – the men in his family can travel back in time. It may sound like an elaborate sci-fi movie, but the time-traveling thing simply becomes another disarming … Continue reading About Time

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

True Grit: A Spielberg Moment

PUNISHMENT COMES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. The original True Grit (1969) is a very good Western, well directed by Henry Hathaway, featuring a script by Marguerite Roberts and a part for John Wayne that finally rendered him an Oscar. Still, the Charles Portis novel that inspired the film is also highly regarded and when the Coen brothers … Continue reading True Grit: A Spielberg Moment