Tag Archives: Michelle Monaghan

Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

SOME MISSIONS ARE NOT A CHOICE. In my original review of the first movie in this franchise, I wrote that it’s underappreciated. I still consider it the best chapter of the series, but here comes number six and it isn’t far off. It’s not just that it has amazing action set pieces, but it knows … Continue reading Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

Patriots Day

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


GAME ON. In 1982, a time capsule containing among other things arcade games, is launched into space; three decades later, aliens use those games to attack Earth… The filmmakers expanded a 2010 short film for this comedy that looks like it wants to be a new Ghostbusters (1984), as it assembles a motley team (including … Continue reading Pixels

Source Code

MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT. Army pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) learns that he’s been thrown into an alternative timeline where he’s bound to experience another person’s last eight minutes alive over and over until he can stop the bombing that killed the person. Director Duncan Jones’s Moon (2009) was an original piece of sci-fi; this … Continue reading Source Code

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

NO PLAN. NO BACKUP. NO CHOICE.  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sprung from a prison in Russia by his IMF colleagues, but when a subsequent mission is botched and a bomb destroys the Kremlin, Hunt’s team is disavowed. For the fourth film in this franchise, The Incredibles (2004) director Brad Bird was hired and he brings some of that energy, … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Due Date

LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.  Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.) is trying to get home in time for his pregnant wife’s delivery in Los Angeles, but his accidental companion on the road, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), keeps getting him into trouble. An obvious rehash of Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) that nevertheless earns its laughs thanks … Continue reading Due Date

Eagle Eye

IF YOU WANT TO LIVE YOU WILL OBEY. Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman (Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan) are contacted by a woman on their cellphones; without realizing it they’re drawn into a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Director D.J. Caruso is reunited with LaBeouf after Disturbia (2007) for a high-tech thriller that starts out well … Continue reading Eagle Eye

The Heartbreak Kid

HE WAITED ALL HIS LIFE TO GET MARRIED. TOO BAD HE DIDN’T WAIT ANOTHER WEEK.  Eddie (Ben Stiller) marries Lila (Malin Åkerman) after dating her for only six weeks; their honeymoon is spent in Cabo where Lila turns out to be a nightmare… and Eddie meets another attractive woman (Michelle Monaghan). The Farrelly brothers take on … Continue reading The Heartbreak Kid

Gone Baby Gone

EVERYONE WANTS THE TRUTH… UNTIL THEY FIND IT. Private detectives Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) are hired to look for a missing girl in Boston; two cops are assigned to help them, but the case has surprises in stow. Ben Affleck’s directing debut, an adaptation of his favorite book, was an eye-opener; … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone

North Country

ALL SHE WANTED WAS TO MAKE A LIVING. INSTEAD SHE MADE HISTORY. In 1989, Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) becomes one of few women to work in Northern Minnesota’s iron mines, but she finds herself unable to put up with the sexual harassment. Loosely based on a real-life landmark case, it is a film with good … Continue reading North Country

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

A BAD WEEK IN A TOUGH TOWN. Thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey, Jr.) accidentally stumbles into the movie business, but also finds himself involved in murder with detective Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer). That plot description alone shows how mystifying and convoluted Shane Black’s noirish script is, and frankly I don’t really care who did … Continue reading Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

It Runs in the Family

SOME FAMILIES CAN SURVIVE ANYTHING. EVEN EACH OTHER. Three generations of the Douglas clan gathered for this film that tells the story of three generations of another family, the Grombergs. It’s possible that the Douglases worked some of their own problems into the script, but it’s safe to say that the warm feelings they have … Continue reading It Runs in the Family