Tag Archives: Steve Zahn

War for the Planet of the Apes

FOR FREEDOM. FOR FAMILY. FOR THE PLANET.  A few years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the war between apes and humans is growing bloodier and Caesar finds a personal enemy in the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The third film in this series borrows from Westerns and POW movies … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes

Captain Fantastic

HE PREPARED THEM FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE OUTSIDE WORLD. When Ben (Viggo Mortensen) receives tragic news, he brings his six children out of the forests where he’s raised them and travels to civilization where he clashes with his wife’s relatives. The director’s feature film debut may look like a deliberately quirky comedy-drama meant to charm … Continue reading Captain Fantastic

Crimson Tide

DANGER RUNS DEEP. Just as the U.S. and Russia are facing the threat of nuclear war, the submarine USS Alabama heads out on a mission with a seasoned commander (Gene Hackman) and a fresh executive officer (Denzel Washington). The most macho submarine thriller you can imagine naturally comes from the director and producer of Top … Continue reading Crimson Tide

The Ridiculous 6

“White Knife” (Adam Sandler), who’s been raised by indians, goes on a quest to save his kidnapped father (Nick Nolte), and runs into one peculiar man after another who turn out to be his brothers… The first movie in a four-picture deal that Sandler made with Netflix was released straight to the streaming service. This … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6

Dallas Buyers Club

DARE TO LIVE.  In 1985, homophobic electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live; after finally accepting the truth, he looks for ways to get around strict FDA rules. It took seven years for AIDS to finally kill the real-life Woodroof and in the meantime … Continue reading Dallas Buyers Club

You’ve Got Mail

AT ODDS IN LIFE… IN LOVE ON-LINE. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) has a flirty but anonymous online relationship with Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), little dreaming that he’s actually the owner of a huge chain that’s trying to close her little children’s book store. Hanks and Ryan reunited for their third romantic film, a remake of The Shop … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail

Rescue Dawn

A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL… DECLASSIFIED.  In 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler’s (Christian Bale) plane is shot down over Laos and he’s soon captured by a Pathet Lao militia group; there are other American prisoners in their camp and Dieter plots an escape… Director Werner Herzog previously chronicled Dengler’s experiences as a POW in … Continue reading Rescue Dawn

Shattered Glass

READ BETWEEN THE LIES. Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen) is a brilliant, young writer at The New Republic; his latest piece raises eyebrows, but critical eyes begin to look closer at his work… First-time director Billy Ray’s look at the real-life story of how a journalist wunderkind was exposed as a fraud in 1998 is pretty … Continue reading Shattered Glass

Daddy Day Care

D-DAY IS COMING. Unemployed dads Charlie (Eddie Murphy) and Phil (Jeff Garlin) start a day care center, but have to contend with a much stricter competitor. A family-oriented comedy that works pretty well for kids and their parents… as long as they don’t expect anything other than cute kids and utter harmlessness; even Anjelica Huston’s … Continue reading Daddy Day Care