Tag Archives: Julia Stiles

The Devil’s Own

ONE MAN TRAPPED BY DESTINY, AND ANOTHER BOUND BY DUTY. THEY’RE ABOUT TO DISCOVER WHAT THEY’RE WILLING TO FIGHT, AND TO DIE FOR.  New York City cop Tom O’Meara (Harrison Ford) and his family take in an Irish guest worker (Brad Pitt), not realizing that he is in fact an IRA terrorist on a mission… … Continue reading The Devil’s Own

Jason Bourne

YOU KNOW HIS NAME. When the CIA realizes that a former technician of theirs, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), intends to expose a top-secret file and has made contact with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), the hunt is on once again. It took nine years for Damon and Paul Greengrass to reunite for a third sequel to … Continue reading Jason Bourne

Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

After the final season of Dexter, it’s kind of hard to remember how well received this show was at first. The main title sequence was pure brilliance. Set to Rolfe Kent’s disarmingly offbeat theme, it presented Dexter’s morning routines, but in such a clever way that simple acts of cracking eggs, grinding coffee beans, shaving … Continue reading Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

Silver Linings Playbook

WATCH FOR THE SIGNS. After eight months in a mental hospital, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, is released into the care of his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and stubbornly plots a reunion with his wife. Another portrayal of a motley working-class family from David O. Russell who last made The … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook

Mona Lisa Smile

IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE. In 1953, new arts history teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) arrives at the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts and tries to make her female students consider a career, not just marriage. A movie in the vein of Dead Poets Society (1989), … Continue reading Mona Lisa Smile

The Bourne Ultimatum

THIS SUMMER JASON BOURNE COMES HOME.  As Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) goes after the people who “created” him and killed his girlfriend, more CIA operatives are realizing that he may not be the enemy. The third chapter of the Bourne saga is an exhilarating showdown between a visibly tired but highly motivated, lethal Bourne and his enemies. Taut, … Continue reading The Bourne Ultimatum

The Omen

HIS DAY WILL COME. Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber), the American ambassador to England, begins to suspect that his five-year-old son could be the anti-Christ. This remake of the 1976 classic uses the color red in effective ways, offers an interesting take on the decapitation scene of the original and gives Mia Farrow and her Rosemary’s Baby past a … Continue reading The Omen

The Bourne Supremacy

THEY SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM ALONE. Jason Bourne and Marie (Matt Damon, Franka Potente) are hiding in India, but their cover is blown and once again Bourne finds himself on the lam from the CIA. The sequel to The Bourne Identity (2002) is darker and once Potente’s character exits the story Bourne has no one really to banter … Continue reading The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Identity

HE WAS THE PERFECT WEAPON UNTIL HE BECAME THE TARGET. A young man (Matt Damon) is fished out of the Mediterranean and remembers nothing of his past; all he has is an implant in his hip revealing a Swiss bank account number. Doug Liman’s great breakthrough as a filmmaker also introduced Damon as a star … Continue reading The Bourne Identity

O

EVERYTHING COMES FULL CIRCLE… In this high school version of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, basketball player Hugo Goulding (Josh Hartnett) is insanely jealous of his best friend, Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), and plans to destroy him. There’s plenty of rap music, the title of the play has been reduced to a minimum and there are references to … Continue reading O