Tag Archives: Hank Azaria

The Wizard of Lies

ONLY THOSE YOU TRUST CAN TRULY BETRAY YOU.  After the ABC miniseries Madoff (2016) came this HBO movie that also paints a portrait of the admired Wall Street tycoon who turned out to have built a Ponzi scheme over decades, the greatest financial fraud in U.S. history. We learn how Madoff orchestrated his scheme and … Continue reading The Wizard of Lies

Lovelace

X MARKS THE LEGEND. After depicting Allen Ginsberg in Howl (2010), documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman took on another real-life person in fictionalized form, porn star Linda Lovelace, and tell the story of how she broke away from her conservative parents, found a career after making the most famous porn flick in history, … Continue reading Lovelace

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

The birdcage

COME AS YOU ARE. When Armand Goldman’s (Robin Williams) son is getting married to the daughter of an arch-conservative Republican senator (Gene Hackman), there is one detail that needs to be covered up – the fact that Armand is a gay club owner. This Americanized, Miami-set version of the French La Cage aux Folles (1978) … Continue reading The birdcage

Chicago 10

SPEAK YOUR PEACE.   This is undeniably an original way to tell the story of the Chicago Eight and their lawyers. Director Brett Morgen’s partially animated documentary portrays the chaos surrounding the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago where police and protesters clashed violently in Grant Park, but it also dramatizes the subsequent trial against some … Continue reading Chicago 10

Year One

MEET YOUR ANCESTORS. Zed and Oh (Jack Black, Michael Cera), a hunter and a gatherer, are banished from their tribe and embark on an adventure that leads them to the city of Sodom. With Judd Apatow serving as a co-producer, this ancient-times comedy naturally offers male buddies in the leads and various jokes about bodily functions. … Continue reading Year One

Love and Other Drugs

At the same time as incorrigible womanizer Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is learning how to be a good salesman for Pfizer, he’s also hitting on a 26-year-old Parkinson’s patient (Anne Hathaway) who is less than impressed. The filmmakers took Jamie Reidy’s non-fiction account of those days in the late 1990s when Viagra seduced the pharmaceutical … Continue reading Love and Other Drugs

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF THE BATTLE IS ON. While Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has been busy creating a business empire for himself, his old buddies at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The kind of mandatory sequel where no one involved has to work hard to … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Celebrity

A NEW COMEDY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET FAMOUS… OR STAY FAMOUS. After separating, travel journalist Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) and his wife (Judy Davis) enter the singles scene, but Lee in particular learns the pitfalls of trying to find happiness. Director Woody Allen satirizes all the absurd aspects of fame, but offers … Continue reading Celebrity

Run Fatboy Run

LOVE. COMMITMENT. RESPONSIBILITY. THERE’S NOTHING HE WON’T RUN AWAY FROM.  Five years ago Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) abandoned his pregnant girlfriend (Thandie Newton) at the altar, but now he’ll finally try to man up and woo her back by competing in a marathon against her boyfriend (Hank Azaria). David Schwimmer’s directing debut is a simple … Continue reading Run Fatboy Run

Shattered Glass

READ BETWEEN THE LIES. Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen) is a brilliant, young writer at The New Republic; his latest piece raises eyebrows, but critical eyes begin to look closer at his work… First-time director Billy Ray’s look at the real-life story of how a journalist wunderkind was exposed as a fraud in 1998 is pretty … Continue reading Shattered Glass