Tag Archives: Vincent D’Onofrio


CHIP HAPPENS.  An undercover FBI agent (Michael Peña) teams up with a less than impressive California Highway Patrol trainee (Dax Shepard) to investigate a series of robberies that may be connected to the police force. Another TV series becomes a movie, this time CHiPS (1977–1983), which follows a similarly goofy formula as 21 Jump Street … Continue reading CHIPS

Full Metal Jacket

BORN TO KILL.  In 1967, a group of young men arrive at Parris Island, South Carolina for basic training, among them James Davis (Matthew Modine) who quickly gets a nickname, “Joker”… Stanley Kubrick’s first project in seven years is an antiwar movie, which he has done (even better) before. This one is divided into two … Continue reading Full Metal Jacket

Jurassic World

THE PARK IS OPEN.  Twenty years after the disaster that closed Jurassic Park, a new theme park with dinosaurs is open… but a genetically modified dinosaur figures out a way to escape. The fourth Jurassic Park movie is a jump-start of the franchise that frequently and nostalgically references the original. Not necessarily a good thing, … Continue reading Jurassic World

The Judge

DEFEND YOUR HONOR.  Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) comes home to the Indiana small town where he was raised to bury his mother; when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a renowned judge, then stands accused of murder, he takes the case. A change of pace for comedy director David Dobkin, a drama that … Continue reading The Judge

Run All Night

NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.  When Mike Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) accidentally witnesses a mob hit, he’s forced to rely on his estranged father (Liam Neeson), a former killer who used to work for the man (Ed Harris) who’s now chasing them. The third collaboration between Neeson and the director is another exciting thriller, this time set … Continue reading Run All Night

Escape Plan

NO ONE BREAKS OUT ALONE. Professional breakout artist Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself thrown in a state-of-the art prison whose warden (Caviezel) learned lessons from the best – Ray himself. A throwback to action movies of the 1980s, with a formulaic story and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. If it’s possible to ignore flaws in the … Continue reading Escape Plan

Cadillac Records

FOLLOW THE BEAT TO ITS SOURCE. In 1940s Chicago, Polish immigrant and jazz club entrepreneur Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) gets involved with a record label and starts signing black artists that will change the history of rock ‘n’ roll… Darnell Martin’s chronicle of the rise and fall of Chess Records invites us into the lives, … Continue reading Cadillac Records

Men in Black

PROTECTING THE EARTH FROM THE SCUM OF THE UNIVERSE. Not a movie about undertakers but rather a Ghostbusters for the 1990s; somewhat slight but in the same vein as director Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family (1991) with its dark sense of humor. Having a secret agency control the aliens who actually live on our planet is a fun idea … Continue reading Men in Black