Tag Archives: Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird

TIME TO FLY.  In 2002, a student (Saoirse Ronan) at a Catholic high school in Sacramento struggles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), college prospects, new friends and a boy she likes. For her solo directing debut (after co-directing Nights and Weekends (2008)), Greta Gerwig was inspired by her own life. Ronan is outstanding as the … Continue reading Lady Bird

Brooklyn

TWO COUNTRIES, TWO LOVES, ONE HEART. In 1952, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) leaves Ireland for New York City and settles in at a boardinghouse in Brooklyn, where she also finds a job… and a potential Italian boyfriend (Emory Cohen). A heartfelt look at the Irish-American immigrant experience through the eyes of a young woman who … Continue reading Brooklyn

Muppets Most Wanted

TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE. This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

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

Atonement: The Sins of Childhood

YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE TRUTH. Walking into the press screening of director Joe Wright’s latest effort, and not having read Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, I had no idea what to expect. I thought the film might be something along the lines of his last movie, Pride & Prejudice (2005), which also starred Keira Knightley. As I … Continue reading Atonement: The Sins of Childhood