Tag Archives: Jon Hamm

Bad Times at the El Royale

ALL ROADS LEAD HERE. In 1969, a motley group of people gather in an otherwise empty hotel straddling the California-Nevada border; they all have different agendas. The director’s first film since The Cabin in the Woods (2012) seems above all inspired by Tarantino. Drew Goddard grabs our attention instantly, and for a long while we … Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

STARRING JENNIFER SAUNDERS, JOANNA LUMLEY AND NAMES, NAMES, NAMES, DARLING! PR agent Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) accidentally pushes Kate Moss into the Thames; when the model is presumed dead national outrage forces Edina and the ever loyal Patsy (Joanna Lumley) to go into hiding. The classic 1990s sitcom returns for a glorious cinematic send-off. The … Continue reading Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

ALL YOU NEED IS ONE KILLER TRACK.  Director Edgar Wright had been thinking about making this movie for two decades before it finally happened. Those who know their Wright oeuvre might recognize the basic idea from a music video he made in 2003, ”Blue Song” for Mint Royale, featuring the British comedian Noel Fielding as … Continue reading Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

Minions

BEFORE GRU, THEY HAD A HISTORY OF BAD BOSSES.  After two Despicable Me films, we got a spin-off focusing on the lovable minions, their history of supporting villains through the ages and how they ended up in New York City in the 1960s, met a new boss – and then tried to rob Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading Minions

Clear History

A STORY OF WEALTH, FAME, POWER… AND THIS GUY. Nathan Flomm (Larry David), who’s moved to Martha’s Vineyard and assumed a new identity after botching the greatest business deal in history, suddenly sees his former partner (Jon Hamm) there and plots revenge… This HBO project was made in the same vein as David’s Curb Your … Continue reading Clear History

Sucker Punch

YOU WILL BE UNPREPARED. In the 1960s, Babydoll (Emily Browning) is put in a mental asylum by her wicked stepdad where she enters an imaginary world and  gets to know four dancers in a brothel; together, they battle monsters and German zombies. In director Zack Snyder’s world, this is girl power on full display. To … Continue reading Sucker Punch

Bridesmaids

Just when her life is falling apart, best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks Annie (Kristen Wiig) to be her maid of honor… and she immediately becomes very competitive. Another overlong Judd Apatow production that suffers from a meandering screenplay that doesn’t know how to take its characters in fresh directions. Some critics made too much … Continue reading Bridesmaids

The Town

WELCOME TO THE BANK ROBBERY CAPITAL OF AMERICA.  After robbing a bank in Boston together with his crew, Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) tries to make sure that the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) can’t identify them… but he also falls in love with her. Affleck’s second directorial outing is another crime saga set in his hometown Boston, … Continue reading The Town

The A-Team

THERE IS NO PLAN B. As U.S. forces are preparing to leave Iraq after the war, a team of rowdy Army Rangers led by Colonel “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson) are given a clandestine mission that turns out to be a trap. The big-screen adaptation of the 1983-1987 TV series introduces a new cast that enthusiastically … Continue reading The A-Team