In 1972, journalist Karen O’Connor (Alison Lohman) is hired by aging entertainer Vince Collins (Colin Firth) to write his autobiography… but her real aim is to find out why a young woman died in the company of Collins and his longtime showbiz partner (Kevin Bacon). An erotic thriller that jumps back and forth between 1972 … Continue reading Where the Truth Lies
THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MANHUNT. When two bombs go off during the 2013 Boston Marathon, the whole city (including Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg)) become involved in the hunt for the terrorists, two brothers. The third time Peter Berg and Wahlberg collaborate on a reality-based drama about Men Surviving a Crisis … Continue reading Patriots Day
TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE LIVING. When Boston cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is murdered, he is recruited in the afterlife to R.I.P.D. where they hunt souls who refuse to leave the Earth. This 3D action-comedy, that borrows from films like Ghostbusters (1984) and Men in Black (1997), bombed in spite of promising ideas in … Continue reading R.I.P.D.
SOME DOORS WEREN’T MEANT TO BE OPENED. After being hypnotized by his wife’s sister (Illeana Douglas), Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) begins to see creepy things in his home that only his young son has been able to see. David Koepp’s second film as director fell in the shadow of the similarly-themed The Sixth Sense (1999), … Continue reading Stir of Echoes
SET YOUR SIGHTS ON REVENGE. Assassin Curtie Church (Djimon Hounsou) clashes with gangsters in Thailand who have turned teenage girls into prostitutes; one of them (Jirantanin Pitakporntrakul) becomes his ally. This action movie from the Ong-Bak (2003) director went straight to DVD. Its attempt to take on a very serious issue is compromised by the … Continue reading Elephant White
PACK IN THE LAUGHTER! After a business trip to New York City, Neal Page (Steve Martin) is trying to get home to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving, but frequently gets stuck with a very loud co-traveler (John Candy)… Director John Hughes is back on the roads after National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) for a comedy … Continue reading Planes, Trains & Automobiles
KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSE. In the late 1970s, the FBI makes a deal with up-and-coming Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp); in exchange for information on his rivals, the authorities turn a blind eye to Bulger’s activities. One of the most outrageous cases of corruption, where law enforcement ended up protecting the most dangerous … Continue reading Black Mass
WE BURY OUR SINS, WE WASH THEM CLEAN. Even after the phenomenal Unforgiven (1992), the movie that won Clint Eastwood an Oscar as director, the aging filmmaker went on making a slew of films in the latter half of the decade that always had interesting ingredients but were generally speaking done in by an overly … Continue reading Mystic River: Gone Girl
IN THE HEART OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL, IN A COURTHOUSE OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, ONE MAN WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO KEEP HIS HONOR, AND ONE WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO FIND THE TRUTH. Inexperienced U.S. Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) takes a case where two Marines stationed at Guantanamo stand accused of having … Continue reading A Few Good Men
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM. When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives
Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) tells her husband (Steve Carell) of 25 years that she wants a divorce; after first jumping out of a car, he eventually takes control of his life with a little help from a womanizer (Ryan Gosling) he met in a bar… There’s a lot more to the story than that, as we … Continue reading Crazy, Stupid, Love.
THE STORY BEGINS. This attempt to jump-start the franchise by taking it in a new direction tells the story of how the young Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) learned how to use their powers and collaborate until they realized that their perceptions of the human race clashed a little too much. Matthew … Continue reading X-Men: First Class
WHEN ONE FALLS, ANOTHER BRINGS HIM HOME. When a 19-year-old Marine from the same town as Lt. Col. Mike Strobl (Kevin Bacon) is killed in Iraq, the desk-bound officer volunteers to escort the remains home. A film that doesn’t aim to take sides in the debate over the Iraq War, but prefers to show what … Continue reading Taking Chance