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To the Wonder

Terrence Malick’s first serious misstep, a rambling ”portrait” of a struggling couple (Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko) who move from Paris to the Oklahoma countryside, and a Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) who’s unhappy and can’t hear the voice of God. Fans of the filmmaker might find something to enjoy in the beautiful visuals and some deeper … Continue reading To the Wonder

Doctor Strange

OPEN YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR REALITY.  Brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his hands destroyed in a car accident; out of desperation, he looks up a mystic (Tilda Swinton) in Nepal who opens his mind and gives him awe-inspiring abilities. Another Marvel hero gets his own movie, done in the … Continue reading Doctor Strange

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

Aloha

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BEFORE YOU CAN SAY HELLO.  Military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) goes to Hawaii to take part in a traditional blessing that has unclear ties to the military; the disillusioned Gilcrest gets the wide-eyed Allison Ng (Emma Stone) as his Air Force liaison… After some controversy, both Cameron Crowe … Continue reading Aloha

Southpaw

BELIEVE IN HOPE. Light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is struck by a personal tragedy and has to start his life over, with help from a trainer (Forest Whitaker) in a small-time gym. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s script has a few themes in common with that show, as it explores the consequences … Continue reading Southpaw

A Most Wanted Man

A Chechen refugee arrives in Hamburg illegally; he’s believed to be a terrorist, but intelligence agent Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) sees a chance to catch bigger fish. Anton Corbijn delivers another spy thriller after The American (2010) and he’s well-suited to portray the stylishly gray world of John le Carré. This adaptation depicts the … Continue reading A Most Wanted Man

About Time

A NEW FUNNY FILM ABOUT LOVE. WITH A BIT OF TIME TRAVEL. When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad (Bill Nighy) tells him the family secret – the men in his family can travel back in time. It may sound like an elaborate sci-fi movie, but the time-traveling thing simply becomes another disarming … Continue reading About Time

Morning Glory

BREAKFAST TV JUST GOT INTERESTING. Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is hired as the new executive producer of Daybreak, the struggling, number-four national morning show, and her first major challenge is to find a replacement for the co-host that she fires on her first day. Writer Aline Brosh McKenna delivers a script that shares similarities with her The … Continue reading Morning Glory

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

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

As Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) conspires to start a world war by pitting France and Germany against each other, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law) try to outwit him. The two stars are still fun to watch and they’re superbly aided by an appropriately creepy Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes

NOTHING ESCAPES HIM.  One of Sherlock Holmes’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) most dangerous enemies, Blackwood (Mark Strong), is finally caught and executed, but that isn’t the last of him. One of the most oft-filmed characters ever invented was brought back for this high-concept take that could have been written by the showrunners of House; the relationship … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes