Tag Archives: Jeff Goldblum

Silverado

RIDE WITH THEM TO THE ADVENTURE OF YOUR LIFE! On the way to Silverado, four men (Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover) get to know each other and form a union against those who do them wrong. Lawrence Kasdan successfully took on an erotic thriller (Body Heat) and a nostalgic drama (The Big … Continue reading Silverado

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

THE PARK IS GONE.  After being hired by a dying billionaire (James Cromwell) who wants to save the dinosaur species from getting killed by an exploding volcano on Isla Nublar, Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island… but it’s a trap. The fifth film in the franchise has been lovingly … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Thor: Ragnarok

NO HAMMER. NO PROBLEM.  After being imprisoned by a fire demon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) learns that Asgard is about to be destroyed and the one responsible will be his sister, Odin’s firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The third film in the franchise has Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) colliding on a faraway planet and then teaming … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

Mortdecai

SOPHISTICATION HAS A NAME. Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp), an art dealer and swindler who owes the U.K. government a lot of money, reluctantly agrees to help inspector Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) find a stolen Goya painting. This adaptation of a novel that’s part of a popular series of comic thrillers was maligned by critics … Continue reading Mortdecai

Independence Day: Resurgence

WE HAD TWENTY YEARS TO PREPARE. SO DID THEY.  Twenty years after the war that put an end to a global alien invasion, there are troubling signs that the aggressive extra-terrestrials are mounting another attack. The director and many of the original actors returned for a belated 3D sequel that basically repeats the same formula, … Continue reading Independence Day: Resurgence

Annie Hall: This Is 40

A NERVOUS ROMANCE.  In the film’s first scene, Woody Allen as Alvy Singer addresses his audience, letting us know that he recently turned 40 and that this landmark event has brought on a life crisis. It wasn’t really planned, but I happened to watch this movie for the first time in many years at exactly … Continue reading Annie Hall: This Is 40

Independence Day

EARTH. TAKE A GOOD LOOK. IT COULD BE YOUR LAST. An inflated and patriotic throwback to those grand space movies and disaster flicks of the 1950s and ‘70s, this story, where Earth is attacked by huge space ships and must retaliate, could be described as the ultimate invasion matinee. Stirring in the beginning, with special … Continue reading Independence Day

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky

HOW THE FUTURE BEGAN. I have never understood those people who have no interest in space. That’s like showing no interest in the questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers ever since mankind grew a brain large enough to use it for something other than gathering food. This is a film that portrays people who … Continue reading The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky

Morning Glory

BREAKFAST TV JUST GOT INTERESTING. Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is hired as the new executive producer of Daybreak, the struggling, number-four national morning show, and her first major challenge is to find a replacement for the co-host that she fires on her first day. Writer Aline Brosh McKenna delivers a script that shares similarities with her The … Continue reading Morning Glory

The Switch

THE MOST UNEXPECTED COMEDY EVER CONCEIVED.  Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) decides to have a baby on her own, but one drunken evening the donor’s sperm is accidentally ruined and Kassie’s best friend (Jason Bateman) replaces it with his own… without her knowing it. That has to be one of the most contrived plot summaries I … Continue reading The Switch

Man of the Year

COULD THIS MAN BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT? Late-night comedian Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) is urged by fans to run for president; he agrees to do it and ends up winning the election, but a computer engineer (Laura Linney) suspects fraud. Two years before Al Franken ran for the U.S. Senate, director Barry Levinson delivered another … Continue reading Man of the Year