Tag Archives: Sam Rockwell

Fosse/Verdon

The story of the the troubled but brilliant partnership, on and off stage, between the legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the Broadway star Gwen Verdon gets a superb, dark treatment in this limited series. Throwing us back and forth between seminal events in their lives (while also constantly reminding us of mortality), we … Continue reading Fosse/Verdon

Vice

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

Mute

HE DOESN’T NEED WORDS. Sometime in the future, a mute Berlin bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) with an Amish past is dating a waitress (Seyneb Saleh); when she disappears, his search leads him to a black market bazaar… Most critics were reminded of Blade Runner (1982), but Duncan Jones saw this futuristic thriller more like a ”spiritual … Continue reading Mute

Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

 I had the opportunity to see this film at an early stage; it had been screened only at the film festivals in Venice and Toronto. I enjoyed it very much, but felt a little conflicted afterwards, something that stayed with me over the night and was reflected in a too-hasty original review for this … Continue reading Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

HEROES IN HALF SHELL! After being attacked by a gang of ninjas that are plaguing New York City, reporter April O’Neil (Judith Hoag) is rescued by four mutant ninja turtles intent on destroying the gang and its mysterious leader. A popular adaptation of the 1980s comic book that also borrows ingredients from the 1987-1996 animated … Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowboys & Aliens

FIRST CONTACT. LAST STAND. In 1873, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wanders into a small Arizona town, unable to remember what he’s been through… and then aliens attack. There’s nothing wrong with the visual effects or the cast in this spectacular summer blockbuster; Craig is even trying to channel his inner Clint Eastwood. But one has … Continue reading Cowboys & Aliens

Celebrity

A NEW COMEDY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET FAMOUS… OR STAY FAMOUS. After separating, travel journalist Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) and his wife (Judy Davis) enter the singles scene, but Lee in particular learns the pitfalls of trying to find happiness. Director Woody Allen satirizes all the absurd aspects of fame, but offers … Continue reading Celebrity