Tag Archives: Rami Malek

Bohemian Rhapsody

THE ONLY THING MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN THEIR MUSIC IS HIS STORY. This biopic of the legendary rock band Queen and its singer Freddie Mercury was long in the making and suffered from a troubled production. The final results aren’t exactly bad, but certainly unremarkable. Engagingly told, the film ends with a carefully recreated 1985 Live … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The Master

Shortly after World War II, alcoholic veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) joins a “family” dominated by a colorful philosopher (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has plans for a wider movement. Inspired by the rise of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, this grand epic portrays an America trying to find its feet after the horrors of the … Continue reading The Master

Breaking Dawn – Part 2

After having been rescued by Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) is trying to get used to her new life as a mother and a vampire… but her family is threatened by the Volturi. The fifth and final film in the Twilight series covers the last part of Stephenie Meyer’s novel and some aspects of … Continue reading Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Battleship

THE BATTLE FOR EARTH BEGINS AT SEA. The international naval exercise RIMPAC turns deadly serious when aliens crash into the Pacific and try to establish a communications base in Hawaii. Director Peter Berg summons his inner Michael Bay for this dumb, loud blockbuster version of the simple board game that is now owned by Hasbro … Continue reading Battleship

Larry Crowne

When Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) loses his job at a big-box store, he decides to get a college education and ends up in a public-speaking class taught by the cynical Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). Hanks’s second film as a director (after that thing you do! (1996)) is an old-fashioned romantic comedy that takes place in the shadow of … Continue reading Larry Crowne

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF THE BATTLE IS ON. While Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has been busy creating a business empire for himself, his old buddies at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The kind of mandatory sequel where no one involved has to work hard to … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

The Pacific: Slaughter in Paradise

HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY. After producing the successful miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks knew that they were not finished with World War II. They had just portrayed the European theater of war from the perspective of the grunts – the same thing could and should be done with the Pacific. … Continue reading The Pacific: Slaughter in Paradise

Night at the Museum

EVERYTHING COMES TO LIFE. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) takes a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, only to learn that every model in it comes alive at night. You know it’s a family film when Robin Williams is in it and never cracks any funny jokes; his performance as Teddy Roosevelt won’t … Continue reading Night at the Museum