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Veep: Echoing the Age of Trump

In my review of the fabulous comedy In the Loop (2009), directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci who went on to create Veep for American television, I mentioned how the sadness and anger seep through the concept. That film, along with virtually everything else Iannucci has done, depicts politics as a heartless game where all … Continue reading Veep: Echoing the Age of Trump

Prosecuting Casey Anthony

IT WAS THE PERFECT CASE TO END HIS CAREER… In 2011, Florida Assistant State Attorneys Linda Drane Burdick and Jeff Ashton (Elizabeth Mitchell, Rob Lowe) prosecute a young woman, Casey Anthony, who stands accused of having murdered her two-year-old daughter. After what has been called “the social media trial of the century”, a TV movie … Continue reading Prosecuting Casey Anthony

Warrior

FAMILY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR. Estranged brothers Brendan and Tommy Conlon (Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy) compete in a mixed martial arts tournament, one of them trained by their dad (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic. Miracle (2004) director Gavin O’Connor has a knack for making formulaic sports movies work surprisingly well; bringing a lot of energy and … Continue reading Warrior

Luck

A true labor of love for Deadwood creator David Milch, this ambitious and star-studded look at the power players, horse trainers, gamblers and hangers-on at a race track in L.A. was abruptly canceled after the deaths of three horses. Considering the fact that Milch took his sweet time building the stories and character portrayals, the … Continue reading Luck

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When Optimus Prime’s old mentor is pulled out of a wreck on the moon and brought back to life, the Decepticons unexpectedly find another chance to strike at mankind. The third chapter in this series boasts the finest 3D effects since Avatar (2009)… but little else. Michael Bay once agreed that he had made mistakes with the second … Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

REVENGE IS COMING. As Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prepares to go to college, the Decepticons are planning their revenge on both mankind and the forces supporting Optimus Prime. The sequel continues the battle between the machines, and it goes on and on and on; the final showdown in Egypt takes up the full last hour. LaBeouf … Continue reading Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers

THEIR WAR. OUR WORLD. Two warring, intergalactic clans of robots have infiltrated Earth; one of them is here to take over it, the other one is here to save the humans. Director Michael Bay’s blockbuster version is based on the cartoon and the toys and won’t disappoint the geeks. It’s his usual formula; big, loud and … Continue reading Transformers

Unstoppable

1 MILLION TONS OF STEEL. 100,000 LIVES AT STAKE. 100 MINUTES TO IMPACT.  When an unmanned freight train speeds off at full power, an engineer and a conductor (Denzel Washington, Chris Pine) on a different locomotive try to stop it. Another Tony Scott action thriller starring Washington, their best since Crimson Tide (1995). This one was based on … Continue reading Unstoppable

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE WORK OF ART. Vicky and Christina (Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson), two friends with very different views on life and love, go to Barcelona for the summer; they meet a charismatic painter (Javier Bardem) who affects them both. It’s amazing to see the 72-year-old, versatile filmmaker deliver such a heartfelt, young, vibrant film; … Continue reading Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Lions for Lambs

IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU MIGHT FALL FOR ANYTHING.  With this film Robert Redford wants to make Americans think harder about the times they live in and what they can do for their country. Parts of the film are structured like a play, with conversations between a Republican senator and a liberal journalist … Continue reading Lions for Lambs