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
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
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
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.
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
POSSESSION KNOWS NO BOUNDS. In 1817, a woman casts a spell on the Bell family in Tennessee; a demon consequently possesses the daughter (Rachel Hurd-Wood). One of the classic ghost stories is brought to the screen, but with a twist that virtually begs you to ignore everything that led up to it. It’s a 19th … Continue reading An American Haunting
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
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