Tag Archives: Jonathan Pryce

Game of Thrones: There Be Dragons

As the ending neared for the most talked-about TV series on the planet, its most die-hard fans and some of America’s most unforgiving television critics were piling it on. The show wasn’t as smart as it used to be, now it was all about action. The writing wasn’t true to how these people viewed the … Continue reading Game of Thrones: There Be Dragons

Woman in Gold

THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE NEVER ENDS.  California resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires young attorney Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve Gustav Klimt’s painting ”Woman in Gold” from Austria; a portrait of her aunt, the Nazis stole the painting from her family. A reality-based story about a significant battle over artwork that reached … Continue reading Woman in Gold

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT BEING A SPY. Bank employee Terry Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) suddenly receives a coded message on her computer that turns out to have been written by a British spy. Whoopi’s first bad career move after breaking through in The Color Purple (1985) would be followed by many others. This is also the subsequently successful … Continue reading Jumpin’ Jack Flash

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, THEY DON’T. Duke and Ripcord (Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans) join the elite G.I. Joe unit and become centerpieces in the fight against a Scottish arms dealer (Christopher Eccleston) and his crew. Another movie based on Hasbro toys (in the vein of Transformers) that chronicles the beginning of the evil Cobra Command. A low … Continue reading G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Leatherheads

IN THE BEGINNING, THE RULES WERE SIMPLE. THERE WEREN’T ANY. In 1925, football player Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly (George Clooney) tries to make the struggling game popular by finding new sponsors and bringing a war hero (John Krasinski) on the team. Clooney’s third film as a director is an obvious attempt to create a screwball comedy. … Continue reading Leatherheads

The New World

ONCE DISCOVERED, IT WAS CHANGED FOREVER. In 1607, a ship of English settlers arrives in Virginia; one of them, John Smith (Colin Farrell), befriends a native princess (Q’Orianka Kilcher). The story about Smith and Pocahontas receives a worthy and credible (although not necessarily entirely factual) portrayal by Terrence Malick who stays true to his style. … Continue reading The New World

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

AT THE END OF THE WORLD, THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is rescued from limbo, but our heroes have dangerous enemies to fight in order to preserve a future for the pirates of the Caribbean. The third chapter of this bombastic series is ridiculously protracted and there are many scenes where not even … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Evita

A poor Argentine girl goes to Buenos Aires, becomes a model and an actress and eventually marries President Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). The focus may lie on the controversial character Evita who was loved by many Argentineans, but taking the real-life turmoil of the time and making it the stuff of Broadway entertainment makes one feel … Continue reading Evita

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley) are about to marry when suddenly they find themselves facing the death penalty and once again getting mixed up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Expect sword fights, one-liners, betrayals, sea monsters, undead pirates and high spirits… but unfortunately this sequel looks more like The Mummy Returns rather than The Empire Strikes … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Damned For All Time

PREPARE TO BE BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER. One of the most tiresome ideas of the 1990s was turning video games into movies. How many of those worthless adaptations have we been forced to suffer through? Perhaps Street Fighter (1994) was the nadir. And then some marketing genius at Disney comes up with the ridiculous idea of … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Damned For All Time