RAISED ON THE STREETS. BORN TO BE KING. Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is transported from Londinium to the sword Excalibur along with other young men as part of King Vortigern’s (Jude Law) attempt to find and kill the rightful heir to the throne. Another fanciful attempt, this time in 3D, to give the King Arthur tale … Continue reading King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
A HIGHER CLASS OF HERO. In 1963, the CIA and the KGB team up, forcing their top agents (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) to reluctantly cooperate on a case where Nazi sympathizers might get their hands on a nuke. After taking on the world of Sherlock Holmes with amusing results, Guy Ritchie turned to a classic … Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
As Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) conspires to start a world war by pitting France and Germany against each other, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law) try to outwit him. The two stars are still fun to watch and they’re superbly aided by an appropriately creepy Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
A DISGRACE TO CRIMINALS EVERYWHERE. When Tom (Jason Flemyng) and three buddies take part in a high-stakes card game, they end up owing a gangster boss half a million pounds and desperately try to come up with cash. This low-budget heist movie set in the London underworld was a hit, even among some critics, and became … Continue reading Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
A STORY OF SEX, THUGS & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. I tried to write a recap of the story but gave up. After all, why bother trying to sort out who did what to whom when director Guy Ritchie’s script should be the last thing on anyone’s mind. Suffice it to say that it’s a tale … Continue reading RocknRolla
NOTHING ESCAPES HIM. One of Sherlock Holmes’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) most dangerous enemies, Blackwood (Mark Strong), is finally caught and executed, but that isn’t the last of him. One of the most oft-filmed characters ever invented was brought back for this high-concept take that could have been written by the showrunners of House; the relationship … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes
A spoilt heiress (Madonna) and the sailor (Adriano Giannini) she’s been tormenting during a cruise in the Mediterranean are shipwrecked on an island where they reverse roles. Remaking Lina Wertmüller’s classic 1974 film and casting his wife in the lead was a bold endeavor for Guy Ritchie that didn’t pay off. Madonna is amusing as the … Continue reading Swept Away