Tag Archives: Nicole Kidman

Rabbit Hole

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH. The director’s most conventional film to date is also his most touching, a portrait of a couple trying to find a way out of grief after the sudden death of their four-year-old boy. Based on a play, the writer took the opportunity himself to make a few changes regarding … Continue reading Rabbit Hole

Aquaman

HE’S NOT FROM AROUND HERE. When the safety of Atlantis is threatened by Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) half-brother (Patrick Wilson), he’s reluctantly drawn into the battle. The first stand-alone movie with Aquaman is a crazy story that looks like the equivalent of Marvel’s Thor films. Considering how silly this is, it’s impressive how much effort has … Continue reading Aquaman

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A surgeon’s (Colin Farrell) mysterious relationship with a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan) results in a prediction that his family will die unless he ”balances” an incident in his past. Yorgos Lanthimos and his co-writer continue in the same vein as The Lobster (2015) – an absurd story told in an amusingly rational way, which is … Continue reading The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Boy Erased

THE TRUTH CANNOT BE CONVERTED. An adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir that changes names and circumstances for dramatic purposes, but retains the book’s invaluable peek inside the gay-conversion therapy movement that can easily be labeled child abuse. We follow an 18-year-old in Arkansas who realizes that he might be gay, wants to change and subjects … Continue reading Boy Erased

Practical Magic

PREPARE TO COME UNDER THEIR SPELL. Two Massachusetts sisters (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) who come from a long line of witches live with a curse that says any man who falls in love with them is doomed. Director Griffin Dunne followed up Addicted to Love (1997) with another romantic film, this one with a supernatural … Continue reading Practical Magic

Paddington

A LITTLE BEAR WILL MAKE A BIG SPLASH.  After an earthquake makes him homeless, a young marmalade-loving bear makes his way from Peru to London where he’s temporarily cared for by the Brown family. The perennial childhood favorite Paddington makes his way to the big screen in a jolly, enthusiastic and very British adventure likely … Continue reading Paddington

Top of the Lake: China Girl

Four years after the first miniseries, Sydney Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) is investigating the death of an Asian girl who’s floated ashore at Bondi Beach. Jane Campion’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed but somewhat overrated Top of the Lake (2013) didn’t go down as well among critics, which certainly can’t be blamed on the … Continue reading Top of the Lake: China Girl

Stoker

DO NOT DISTURB THE FAMILY. After the death of her father, his mysterious brother (Matthew Goode) comes to visit India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) and her mother (Nicole Kidman); uncle Charlie has a profound effect on them both… The director’s first international film was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and deliberately shares similarities with … Continue reading Stoker

Big Little Lies

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. A star-studded miniseries that takes us to an affluent Monterey community and primarily its women. At first, we in the audience learn that police are investigating a murder but the victim remains a secret to us until the last episode. What plays out before that is a stylishly directed soap opera … Continue reading Big Little Lies

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending a Christmas party that results in an argument with his wife (Nicole Kidman), New York doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) leaves their apartment and is ultimately tempted to go to a mysterious engagement at a country mansion… Stanley Kubrick’s last movie became his biggest commercial hit because of the leads’ star charisma and … Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut

Dogville

A QUIET LITTLE TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE. The residents of Dogville, Colorado, agree to offer runaway Grace (Nicole Kidman) sanctuary, with discomforting consequences. Lars von Trier’s first part of a planned trilogy about the U.S. was shot entirely on a soundstage with white stripes standing in for the buildings of Dogville (and the actors … Continue reading Dogville

Grace of Monaco

THE GREATEST ROLE GRACE KELLY WOULD EVER PLAY. In 1963, at a time when France is challenging Monaco’s sovereignty, Princess Grace (Nicole Kidman) is offered to return to Hollywood for a lead role in a Hitchcock movie. After delays, public protests from Monaco’s royal family and signs of disapproval from the film’s distributors came this … Continue reading Grace of Monaco