Tag Archives: Matt Damon

Margaret

17-year-old Manhattan student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) can’t get over the death of a woman who’s run over by a bus; she feels guilty because of a quick interaction between her and the bus driver… Kenneth Lonergan’s second film as director was shot in 2005, but delayed for years because of several lawsuits. The editing … Continue reading Margaret

Che

A REVOLUTIONARY LIFE. An undeniably ambitious project, this epic tries to capture the life of the famous Cuban rebel Ernesto ”Che” Guevara, devoting two hours to his and Castro’s successful campaign to oust Batista in the 1950s, then another two hours to his attempt to bring the revolution to Bolivia. Interspersed are scenes from a … Continue reading Che

Deadpool 2

PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING.  After a tragedy that changes his life, Wade (Ryan Reynolds) meets a 14-year-old mutant (Julian Dennison) with fiery powers who is being hunted by a time-traveling soldier (Josh Brolin). The sequel will satisfy everyone who liked the first movie, especially if you’re into wisecracks and meta jokes, and there is … Continue reading Deadpool 2

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Thor: Ragnarok

NO HAMMER. NO PROBLEM.  After being imprisoned by a fire demon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) learns that Asgard is about to be destroyed and the one responsible will be his sister, Odin’s firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The third film in the franchise has Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) colliding on a faraway planet and then teaming … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

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

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

The Martian: Left Behind

BRING HIM HOME.  If you’ve ever been to Wadi Rum in Jordan, you’ve been to Mars. The valley has been Hollywood’s favorite location for movies set on the planet, its red sand and mountains being a perfectly convincing stand-in. That’s Wadi Rum you see in Mission to Mars (2000), Red Planet (2000) and The Last … Continue reading The Martian: Left Behind

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth