Tag Archives: Rachel Weisz

The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women

During the PR campaign for this film, Rachel Weisz called it ”a funnier, sex-driven All About Eve”. Is there a better way to describe it? Hardly. There have been irreverent cinematic takes on the British royal family before, including The Madness of King George (1994), but this one perfectly illustrates the danger and insecurity of … Continue reading The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women

Youth

Famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) are staying at a luxury resort in Switzerland; they are friends, but their opinions on how to spend the twilight years differ… Paolo Sorrentino followed his celebrated international breakthrough, The Great Beauty (2013), with an English-language meditation on old age and what … Continue reading Youth

Oz the Great and Powerful

THE LAND YOU KNOW. THE STORY YOU DON’T. In 1905, a circus magician (James Franco) ends up in a hot-air balloon that takes him to Oz, a fantastical land, where he’s mistaken for a powerful wizard who can fight witches. It takes guts to make a prequel to one of history’s most beloved films. Sam … Continue reading Oz the Great and Powerful

The Bourne Legacy

THERE WAS NEVER JUST ONE. As the American intelligence community is being investigated after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), the CIA try to eliminate everyone tied to one of their clandestine programs… but there is a survivor. The fourth film in the franchise is a reboot of sorts, with Jeremy Renner stepping as … Continue reading The Bourne Legacy

Page Eight

At the same time as Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is getting to know his neighbor (Rachel Weisz) better, he receives a report with explosive contents from his long-time friend and boss, MI5 Director General Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon). Originally intended as a feature film, this intimate and quiet portrayal of an aging agent nevertheless fits television … Continue reading Page Eight

The Lovely Bones

THE STORY OF A LIFE AND EVERYTHING THAT CAME AFTER… In 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered by a neighbor (Stanley Tucci); from a place resembling heaven she watches her family cope with the loss… and the killer ponder new victims. Director Peter Jackson’s take on the deeply touching Alice Sebold novel has a … Continue reading The Lovely Bones

Fred Claus

SANTA’S BROTHER IS COMING TO TOWN. Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) is in trouble and needs money; his brother (Paul Giamatti), who happens to be Santa, is willing to give him a loan only if he comes to the North Pole and works for it. Director David Dobkin reunited with Vaughn after Wedding Crashers (2005), but there isn’t a … Continue reading Fred Claus

Definitely, Maybe

THREE RELATIONSHIPS, THREE DISASTERS. ONE LAST CHANCE.  In the middle of a divorce, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met three women and which one of them would become her mother. A romantic film that thinks it hits every right button, but rarely does. Definitely bland, maybe charming … Continue reading Definitely, Maybe