Tag Archives: Sarah Paulson

Ocean’s Eight

EVERY CON HAS ITS PROS. Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison and assembles a gang that will steal a valuable necklace during the Met gala. One decade after Ocean’s Thirteen came this spin-off featuring a fabulous lineup of women. The movie may lack Steven Soderbergh’s touch, but is an improvement on … Continue reading Ocean’s Eight

The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Steven Spielberg felt an urgency. At a time when the United States had elected a president who made it one of his top priorities to attack the free press, to label any newspaper or TV network that had any kind of critical coverage of his administration ”fake news”, we needed a movie that stood by … Continue reading The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

What Women Want

HE HAS THE POWER TO HEAR EVERYTHING WOMEN ARE THINKING. FINALLY… A MAN IS LISTENING. After accidentally electrocuting himself, cocky and womanizing Chicago ad executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) realizes that he can hear what women are thinking… and the experience is a shock to him. Not one of Nancy Meyers’s finest romantic comedies, it … Continue reading What Women Want

Carol: The Price of Love

SOME PEOPLE CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.  In 1952, Patricia Highsmith was known as a mystery writer, having written a now-classic novel called “Strangers on a Train”, which had been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Her fans expected crime fiction, which is partly why Highsmith’s next novel was released under a pseudonym – and by … Continue reading Carol: The Price of Love

12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF SOLOMON NORTHUP. The historian Sue Eakin was born in Louisiana five decades after the end of the Civil War and she specialized in the plantation culture of her home state. In the 1960s, she came across a book that had been largely forgotten. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

Game Change

POLITICS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) is facing Barack Obama and needs a game-changing name on his ticket; Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) is selected… but not properly vetted. This portrayal of how Palin was launched onto the national stage shows a charismatic, devoted mother firmly … Continue reading Game Change

Martha Marcy May Marlene

After not hearing from her in years, Lucy (Sarah Paulson) suddenly gets a phone call from her younger sister (Elizabeth Olsen), who fails to tell her that she’s on the run from a cult in the Catskills… Sean Durkin’s feature film debut was a hit at Sundance and is indeed a cleverly directed drama about the … Continue reading Martha Marcy May Marlene

The Spirit

MY CITY SCREAMS. SHE IS MY LOVER. AND I AM HER SPIRIT. In Central City, the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) prepares to do battle with his worst enemy (Samuel L. Jackson)… and deal with the return of his former teenage sweetheart (Eva Mendes). After co-directing Sin City (2005), celebrated graphic-novel artist Frank Miller directed this take … Continue reading The Spirit

Down With Love

THE ULTIMATE CATCH HAS MET HIS MATCH. In 1962, Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) writes a book on how women don’t need men to gain happiness, but frequently clashes with a man who thinks she’s dead wrong – playboy journalist Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor). A throwback to the sex comedies of the 1960s (that usually starred … Continue reading Down With Love

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

It was supposed to be Aaron Sorkin’s great follow-up to The West Wing, featuring parts of the same cast and crew. A knowing look behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live-type show, the focus was on two brilliant comedy writers and producers who were asked to save the show even though they once had been fired … Continue reading Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Path to War

BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELDS OF VIETNAM. INSIDE THE HALLS OF POWER. A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR WOULD DECIDE THE FATE OF A NATION. Director John Frankenheimer’s last film is an impressive TV drama about those fatal steps toward the Vietnam War that were taken by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration. Johnson was focusing on … Continue reading Path to War