Tag Archives: Edward Burns

Alex Cross

DON’T EVER CROSS ALEX CROSS. Detroit cop and psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is hunting a brazen, sadistic man (Matthew Fox) who has tortured and killed a businesswoman. The third Cross adaptation after two previous Morgan Freeman films is a reboot that pleased nobody. This one makes Cross younger and is a chance for Perry … Continue reading Alex Cross

Man on a Ledge

YOU CAN ONLY PUSH AN INNOCENT MAN SO FAR.  In New York City, police negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) is called to a hotel where a man (Sam Worthington) is standing on a ledge threatening to jump… but there’s more to the situation. This thriller wasn’t very well received, but maintains its tension throughout, cutting … Continue reading Man on a Ledge

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

27 Dresses

THIS JANUARY, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDE.  Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) loves weddings and has been a bridesmaid 27 times; when her sister (Malin Åkerman) arrives in town, Jane is helpless to watch Tess sink her claws into the man she secretly loves. A romantic comedy that’s meant to be a vehicle for Grey’s … Continue reading 27 Dresses

The Holiday

Amanda and Iris (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet) agree to change homes over Christmas; in Surrey, England Amanda runs into the charming Graham (Jude Law), and in L.A. Iris socializes with the Hollywood community. Nancy Meyers’s romantic comedies are usually overlong and feature at least one out-of-place slapstick scene… but she knows how to make them … Continue reading The Holiday

She’s the One

A FILM ABOUT LOVE, MARRIAGE, HAPPINESS… AND THE LITTLE DISTRACTIONS IN BETWEEN. Mick Fitzpatrick (Edward Burns) meets a woman and marries her at the same time as his brother (Mike McGlone) is cheating on his wife with Mick’s ex-girlfriend. Director Burns followed up on his critically acclaimed The Brothers McMullen (1995) with another movie about … Continue reading She’s the One

15 Minutes

AMERICA LIKES TO WATCH.  Arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) and cop Eddie Fleming (Robert De Niro) go after two murderous immigrants who’ve watched too much American television. There are those who feel that this exciting, media-bashing thriller is too overblown. I disagree; the critique of America’s unfortunate infatuation with guns and violence is better … Continue reading 15 Minutes

Life or Something Like It

DESTINY IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. Boy meets girl (he (Edward Burns) a cameraman, she (Angelina Jolie) a reporter) – both pretend to hate everything that the other one stands for, even though they really desire each other; girl finds out she’s about to die and boy shows girl that there’s more to this … Continue reading Life or Something Like It