Tag Archives: Ron Howard


IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.  One of the director’s most beloved films is a drama-comedy that feels genuine and relevant precisely because it was conceived by him and the writing duo who all poured their combined rich experiences of being parents into the script. The conflicts that the Buckman family are going through feel believable … Continue reading Parenthood

Solo: A Star Wars Story

A young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of misfits led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), as he tries to find a way to return to the planet where he lost a girl (Emilia Clarke) he loved. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine of the Star Wars franchise, this 3D spin-off and prequel to Star Wars … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story

American Graffiti: One Last Night

WHERE WERE YOU IN ’62? Years ago, when I wrote my review for Falkenberg Farewell (2006), an internationally little-known Swedish film that did very well among Swedish critics but perhaps not anywhere else, I made plenty of references to my own life as a teenager in my hometown. But I failed to mention American Graffiti, … Continue reading American Graffiti: One Last Night

In the Heart of the Sea

EXPERIENCE THE TRUE ENCOUNTER THAT INSPIRED THE MYTH MOBY DICK. In 1850, author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) hears the story of how the whaling ship Essex encountered a huge, aggressive albino sperm whale thirty years earlier and was sunk. The real-life drama that inspired the great American classic ”Moby-Dick” doesn’t live up to its epic … Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

The Dilemma

TWO BEST FRIENDS. NOTHING COULD COME BETWEEN THEM… OR COULD IT? Best friends Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Kevin James) are working on a business deal that’s crucial to their firm when Ronny suddenly one day sees Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) kiss a strange man. Director Ron Howard’s first comedy since Ed tv (1999) is … Continue reading The Dilemma

The Da Vinci Code

SEEK THE TRUTH. When American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) arrives in Paris for a lecture, the police need his help to interpret mysterious symbols surrounding a dead body found in the Louvre. The novel and its “revelations” kicked up a storm among Christians, but this adaptation won’t. Talky and overlong, it is hardly a labor … Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

Angels & Demons

THEY HAVE COME FOR THEIR REVENGE. As the Pope dies and the College of Cardinals gathers to elect his successor, the mysterious Illuminati society seems hellbent on destroying the Vatican, and symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) becomes involved in the crisis. The sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006) moves a little faster and has impressive action sequences; … Continue reading Angels & Demons

Frost/Nixon: A President’s Disgrace

400 MILLION PEOPLE WERE WAITING FOR THE TRUTH.  Ladies and gentleman, welcome to a bout not easily forgotten. In one corner we have David Frost, a TV presenter looking to enter the limelight and possibly make a lot of money. In the other corner we have Richard Nixon, a former U.S. president looking to step … Continue reading Frost/Nixon: A President’s Disgrace

The Paper

NEVER LET THE TRUTH GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY. New York City tabloid editor Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) begins perhaps the toughest day of his life; the most difficult decision he has to make concerns his future at the paper. A portrayal of life at a big-city tabloid is easy for film … Continue reading The Paper

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

HE PUTS THE GREEN IN MEAN. The green Grinch (Jim Carrey) hates Christmas and the people of Whoville hate him, but a little girl (Taylor Momsen) wants to change that. Director Ron Howard delivers his Toys (1992) or Popeye (1980), i.e. a noisy, expensive disaster of a movie made by a good filmmaker who is suffering from … Continue reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas