Tag Archives: Dominic Cooper

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Ten years after Mamma Mia! we’re getting this franchise’s answer to The Godfather, Part II (1974) – the story picks up some time after the first movie, but we also meet Meryl Streep’s character when she was young, headed to that Greek island and met three charming young men during her journey. A thin story … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The Duchess

THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN HER MARRIAGE. In the late 1700s, Georgiana (Keira Knightley) marries the terminally cold Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes); when she befriends Lady Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell), she has no idea how it will change her marriage… The real-life story of an ancestor to Princess Diana has similarities to her situation … Continue reading The Duchess

My Week with Marilyn

Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) gets a foot inside a British movie studio just in time to witness the chaos behind Laurence Olivier’s new film project, which partners him with Marilyn Monroe. A very entertaining, sweet and elegant look behind the scenes of the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) where two icons … Continue reading My Week with Marilyn

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

In 1939, failed stockbroker Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) is recruited by the British Director of Naval Intelligence (Samuel West) to serve as his assistant, becoming a valuable operator. The story of James Bond writer Fleming’s experiences of World War II, including his work and a fiery affair with a married woman who’s into S/M, combined … Continue reading Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

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 … Continue reading An Education

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

PRESIDENT BY DAY. HUNTER BY NIGHT. In 1827, young Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) tries to kill the vampire who murdered his mother; it is the start of the future President’s secret career as an axe-wielding slayer of bloodsuckers. How can you go wrong with a set-up like that? The movie may be choppily edited and … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Captain America: The First Avenger

AVENGE. In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a skinny kid who keeps getting rejected for military service, is finally recruited for a special project that will turn him into a supersoldier. A superhero intentionally created to bolster patriotism during WWII, Captain America has always been one of Marvel’s corniest creatures, which is acknowledged in humorous ways in … Continue reading Captain America: The First Avenger