Tag Archives: Jason Clarke

First Man: Fly Me to the Moon

THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSION IN HISTORY.  He broke through with a fierce drama about a young man with an exceptional musical talent. He followed it up with a masterful musical. And now he continues to impress with an ambitious film about Neil Armstrong and the mission to put a man on the moon. Damien Chazelle … Continue reading First Man: Fly Me to the Moon

Winchester

TERROR IS BUILDING.  In 1906, doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is hired to visit Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) and assess her mental state; the widow of a famous gun manufacturer has spent years overlooking the seemingly never-ending construction of a mansion in San Jose, California. The Spierig Brothers may know how to put together an … Continue reading Winchester

Mudbound

A successful adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel that introduces us to two families in Mississippi shortly before, during and after World War II – one is white, the other is black. Their sons are fighting together over in Europe, which opens their eyes in ways that the old, racist Mississippi can’t understand. The story subjects … Continue reading Mudbound

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44

White House Down

IT WILL START LIKE ANY OTHER DAY. The same day as John Cale (Channing Tatum) is visiting the White House with his daughter, hoping to land a job with the Secret Service, the Executive Mansion is overtaken by terrorists. The same year as we saw Olympus Has Fallen, there was another action movie depicting the … Continue reading White House Down

Everest

NEVER LET GO.  In May 1996, several teams are trying to reach the Mount Everest summit, but they are not prepared for a blizzard that will test them severely. A film that draws inspiration from several sources, including journalist Jon Krakauer who was there during one of the deadliest Everest seasons ever and lived to … Continue reading Everest

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In 2026, when most of the human population has been wiped out by a virus, Caesar is leading a tribe of apes in the Muir Woods; one day, they run into a small group of armed humans… The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) is more of a robust action-adventure set … Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Great Gatsby

CAN’T REPEAT THE PAST? … OF COURSE YOU CAN! In 1922, Nick (Tobey Maguire) takes a job as a bond salesman in New York City and rents a house next to a sprawling Long Island mansion owned by the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) who nurtures an obsession with a woman. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of … Continue reading The Great Gatsby

Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

THE GREATEST MANHUNT IN HISTORY. The portrayal of torture in Zero Dark Thirty has sparked a fierce debate, but those Academy members who are boycotting the film tread on thin ice. Perhaps they should reserve their ire for a movie that is clearly guilty of the accusation? Kathryn Bigelow has definitely come out against torture, … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

Lawless

WHEN THE LAW BECAME CORRUPT, OUTLAWS BECAME HEROES.  Three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke), who run a small bootlegging operation in Virginia during Prohibition, are targeted by a corrupt District Attorney and his ruthless enforcer (Guy Pearce). Based on a real-life story, which was chronicled by Jack Bondurant’s grandson Matt in a novel, … Continue reading Lawless

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

As the 2008 recession is beginning to wipe out parts of Wall Street, a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) loses his mentor… and America’s favorite corporate raider (Michael Douglas) is attempting a comeback. Much like the original, this sequel to Wall Street (1987) catches the mood of a specific era in the history of capitalism and there is gloom … Continue reading Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps