Tag Archives: James D’Arcy

The Snowman

SOON THE FIRST SNOW WILL COME, AND THEN HE WILL KILL AGAIN.  Alcoholic Oslo cop Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is investigating several disappearances and grisly murders of women; all the crime scenes have a snowman in common… Tomas Alfredson tries to do for Norway what David Fincher did for Sweden with The Girl With the Dragon … Continue reading The Snowman

Survivor

HIS NEXT TARGET IS NOW HUNTING HIM. After surviving an attack in London, U.S. Embassy employee Kate Abbott (Milla Jovovich) finds herself on the run from her superiors and one of the world’s best assassins, a man called “The Watchmaker” (Pierce Brosnan). The film ends with a message, written in earnest, about how many acts … Continue reading Survivor

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

W.E.

Madonna’s second film as director follows two separate stories that are romantically connected – the love affair between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and a New Yorker’s (Abbie Cornish) budding fascination with it 50 years later. Madonna’s ambitions are high, but her way of presenting the stories is clumsy and unnecessarily pretentious, without ever allowing … Continue reading W.E.

Hitchcock

BEHIND EVERY PSYCHO IS A GREAT WOMAN. Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is on top of his game, but when he decides to turn a real-life story about a deranged murderer who shared a bed with his dead mother into a movie, he’s in for a challenge. The story of how Psycho (1960) risked ending the … Continue reading Hitchcock

Exorcist: The Beginning

GOD IS NOT HERE. In 1949, Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård), a former Catholic priest, takes part in the excavation of an ancient church in Kenya and finds that Satan is very much present there. This prequel to The Exorcist (1973) depicts a time in Father Merrin’s life when he had turned his back on the church but found … Continue reading Exorcist: The Beginning

Master and Commander: Adventure and Music on the High Seas

When he stepped into a meeting with Fox bigwig Tom Rothman, director Peter Weir had no idea which project he was about to be pitched. Rothman rose from his chair, left the room and came back with a sword in his hands. He gave it to Weir and said nothing. The director studied the sword, … Continue reading Master and Commander: Adventure and Music on the High Seas