Tag Archives: Marion Cotillard

Two Days, One Night

While recovering from mental health problems, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) tries to convince her co-workers to reject their bonuses or she will lose her job. One of the Dardenne brothers’ most lauded films has a simple story, but they know how to generate heartbreaking emotions and real tension from everyday problems. The filmmakers sympathize greatly with … Continue reading Two Days, One Night


THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied


ALL HAIL. After a battle that leaves Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) victorious in a Scottish civil war, he encounters three mysterious women who give him a powerful prophecy with deadly consequences… An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play that stays faithful to the original text and emphasizes the violence and tragedy of the drama every way … Continue reading Macbeth

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A FIRE WILL RISE. On the night of this film’s intensely anticipated premiere, a 24-year-old man attacked a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 people. The horrendous act caused the studio to remove ads for the The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan released a statement where he called the movie theater … Continue reading Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

Inception: Dream Warriors

YOUR MIND IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. One of the most exciting things we can experience in our lives takes place when we sleep. Scenarios play out in our dreams that are genuinely unpredictable and emotional. Regardless of whether they happen in a large-scale setting or in more intimate situations, dreams remind us of … Continue reading Inception: Dream Warriors


NOTHING SPREADS LIKE FEAR. When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a trip to Hong Kong, she’s caught a cold that quickly turns out to be something much worse – and the start of a global pandemic. A good example of hyperlink cinema, where we are introduced to multiple characters and storylines, a jumbled narrative and … Continue reading Contagion

Midnight in Paris

On a visit to Paris, Hollywood screenwriter and would-be novelist Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) falls in love with the city to the degree that he actually journeys to the 1920s and the city’s community of famous artists… One of those rare things, a Woody Allen box-office hit, perhaps because of its light touch, romantic portrayal of … Continue reading Midnight in Paris

La Vie en Rose

THE PASSIONATE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF. Director Olivier Dahan and his collaborators have picked the seminal events of famed chanteuse Edith Piaf’s life and present them in a jumbled, reasonably engaging way that gives us clues to how she ended up the way she did. The famed sparrow led a fiercely independent life (“Non, je … Continue reading La Vie en Rose


THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, BE ITALIAN. After a recent string of failures, famous Italian film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is looking to all the women in his life for inspiration…This filmization of the Broadway musical (that was originally inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963)) may be a disappointment coming from the director who made the excellent Chicago (2002)… but … Continue reading Nine

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies