Tag Archives: Tom McCarthy

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

The Cobbler

SAVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD ONE SOLE AT A TIME. A Lower East Side cobbler (Adam Sandler) discovers that when he uses his father’s old stitching machine and tries on the customer’s shoes, he literally becomes this person. After making several critically hailed drama-comedies, director Tom McCarthy hit a brick wall with this fantasy, maybe because he … Continue reading The Cobbler


OUTWIT. OUTSPY. OUTSMART. OUTPLAY. THEN GET OUT. Two corporate spies (Julia Roberts, Clive Owen) get mixed up in a high-stakes game between two rival corporations… and each other. Director Tony Gilroy followed up on the success of Michael Clayton (2007) with another film featuring Tom Wilkinson, New York locations and a James Newton Howard score… … Continue reading Duplicity

The Visitor: Awakened by a Djembe Drum

CONNECTION IS EVERYTHING.  Film critic Leonard Maltin calls this film “bracingly original”, but I’m going to have to disagree. I like it as much as he does, but we’ve seen many films of this kind where an unhappy, isolated lead character is prodded out of his chosen misery thanks to unexpected circumstances, usually in the … Continue reading The Visitor: Awakened by a Djembe Drum