Tag Archives: Elizabeth McGovern

The Commuter

LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. On the same day that he’s fired, insurance salesman Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is approached by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) on his commute home; she has a strange but lucrative offer… The fourth collaboration between Neeson and the director is an appealing thriller with a Hitchcock vibe that largely … Continue reading The Commuter

Woman in Gold

THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE NEVER ENDS.  California resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires young attorney Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve Gustav Klimt’s painting ”Woman in Gold” from Austria; a portrait of her aunt, the Nazis stole the painting from her family. A reality-based story about a significant battle over artwork that reached … Continue reading Woman in Gold

Clash of the Titans

BETWEEN GODS AND MEN, THE CLASH BEGINS. A fisherman’s son (Sam Worthington), who turns out to be a demigod, is drawn into a war between the humans and the gods and must choose sides.Director Louis Leterrier is a fan of the 1981 original and you can tell that he’s having fun. You can too if … Continue reading Clash of the Titans

Once Upon a Time in America: On the Way to Ruin

AS BOYS, THEY SAID THEY WOULD DIE FOR EACH OTHER. AS MEN, THEY DID.  Legendary director Sergio Leone’s final film is his most ambitious epic, routinely thought of as one of those great gangster movies. When I saw it the other night for the first time in many years I realized that all the mobster … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in America: On the Way to Ruin

Ragtime

THE PASSION, THE VIOLENCE, THE BIRTH OF AMERICA’S GILDED AGE.  In the early 1900s, a well-to-do family in New Rochelle, New York agrees to care for an abandoned black baby that, it turns out, belongs to a washwoman; later, the stubbornly proud father (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) makes himself known. Adapting E.L. Doctorow’s sprawling novel … Continue reading Ragtime

The Wings of the Dove

A COUPLE WITH EVERYTHING BUT MONEY. AN HEIRESS WITH EVERYTHING BUT LOVE. A TEMPTATION NO ONE COULD RESIST. In 1910, British journalist Merton Densher (Linus Roache) is in a relationship with the ambitious Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter), who sees her chance to wealth and prominence in the arrival of an American heiress (Alison Elliott). … Continue reading The Wings of the Dove