Tag Archives: Hailee Steinfeld

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT IS WHAT MAKES YOU SPIDER-MAN.  At the same time as Spider-Man battles Kingpin, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a spider and gains the same superpowers as Spider-Man. A comic-book character in danger of being overexposed gets a new look in the shape of a biracial teenager and throws him … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Homesman

In the 19th century Nebraska Territory, spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) volunteers to transport three women who have lost their minds back east, and enlists the help of a man (Tommy Lee Jones) she saves from being hanged. A genre-bending Western from Jones who succeeds in combining immense pain in the story with a sense … Continue reading The Homesman

3 Days to Kill

Former CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), who’s dying of a tumor, decides to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter (Connie Nielsen, Hailee Steinfeld) in Paris, but is also drawn into another mission. Costner’s attempt to do a Liam Neeson (aided by Taken co-writer Luc Besson) is a clumsy mixture of action and family drama. … Continue reading 3 Days to Kill

Ender’s Game

THIS IS NOT A GAME. Years into the future, after an alien attack on Earth that left millions dead, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is among the bright teenagers recruited to fight a decisive, future war. This adaptation of the classic novel suffers from the same problems as The Host and After Earth, two other … Continue reading Ender’s Game

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