Peña’s Virtuoso Performance Gives Cesar Chavez Life It’s hard to believe there hasn’t been a movie made about the life of renowned 1960’s union organizer and human rights crusader Cesar Chavez. Granted, sad to say I’m one of the many who know the name but know precious little about the man himself, his accomplishments as […]
Beauteous Ernest & Célestine C’est Magnifique France’s Ernest & Célestine was up against both Disney’s Frozen (the eventual winner) and Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. I had not seen it before the Oscars had been handed out so I couldn’t really say whether or not it deserved […]
Whether one believes in this tale as one of gospel or just looks at it as a grandly amazing yarn of sacrifice and salvation, Aronofsky’s Noah is a Biblical epic that transcends easy generalizations becoming a significant achievement worthy of multiple viewings.
If Sabotage (2014) doesn’t quite get there, it’s not for lack of trying on [Schwarzengger’s] part, and I like the decision to tackle something so profoundly dark, close to off-putting. The movie is a pulpy piece of revenge noir that’s in the end as bleak and as riddled with despair as these enterprises can get (think Man on Fire), that in and of itself almost enough to warrant a recommendation on my part right there alone.
The world Divergent depicts is hardly special or new, and while I am slightly curious to see what happens next I can’t say I’m enough so to proclaim I’d be all that bummed if the studio decided to forgo making the sequels and let things end with this.
Foul-Mouthed Words Spells Comedy S-U-C-C-E-S-S The Golden Quill national spelling bee thought it could handle any problem that might arise as the journey towards crowning a champion is embarked upon. After all, this is the premier event for adolescent spellers. Considering the participants a few unruly parents and a missed curfew or two, coupled with […]
Forgettable Chemistry a Drug-Addled Nightmare Better Living Through Chemistry is a bad movie. Worse, there was no reason for it to be. Expertly cast, reasonably well paced and featuring a decent enough premise (small town pharmacist feeling like his life is in a depressing rut begins an affair with a seductively glamorous local who introduces […]
[The Den (2013) is] pretty nasty stuff, there’s no denying that, and I’m not kidding when I say it’s not remotely surprising as to where everything is headed to. But the getting there? That’s a whole different matter, Donohue building tension and suspense beautifully before unleashing a climactic sequence that comes close toi outdoing the anything-goes ballistics of the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S 2.
Cryptic Enemy Weaves a Tangled Web Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a timid, unsure of himself college professor who nonetheless has a gorgeous blonde girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent), who by all accounts appears to love him flaws and all. Anthony (also Gyllenhaal) is a snarling, self-obsessed actor on the rise married to a gorgeous blonde, Helen […]