Category Archives: New Movie Reviews

Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

AT THE POINT OF CRISIS, AT THE POINT OF ANNIHILATION, SURVIVAL IS VICTORY.  About 25 years ago, Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas were crossing the English Channel together with a friend. They were in a small sailing yacht headed for the northeastern French town of Dunkirk, but what initially looked like a pleasant … Continue reading Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

Wonder Boys

UNDEPENDABLE. UNPREDICTABLE. UNFORGETTABLE. Pittsburgh university professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) teaches creative writing while desperately trying to finish the follow-up novel to the book that made him famous; one of his students (Tobey Maguire) is peculiar and brilliant… Curtis Hanson followed the success of L.A. Confidential (1997) with this dramedy set in a wet and … Continue reading Wonder Boys

The Hurricane

HIS GREATEST FIGHT WAS FOR JUSTICE.  In the early 1980s, a Brooklyn kid (Vicellous Reon Shannon) living in Toronto becomes interested in the case of Rubin ”Hurricane” Carter (Denzel Washington), the middleweight boxer who was sent to prison in 1966 after a triple murder. One of Norman Jewison’s last films follows in the tradition of … Continue reading The Hurricane

Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

ALL YOU NEED IS ONE KILLER TRACK.  Director Edgar Wright had been thinking about making this movie for two decades before it finally happened. Those who know their Wright oeuvre might recognize the basic idea from a music video he made in 2003, ”Blue Song” for Mint Royale, featuring the British comedian Noel Fielding as … Continue reading Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

Ali – Fear Eats the Soul

60-year-old cleaning woman Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) meets a thirtysomething Moroccan guest worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar; after a short time, Emmi announces to her children that she’s getting married… The film that really introduced Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the international stage is more or less a remake of All That Heaven … Continue reading Ali – Fear Eats the Soul

The Thin Man: Cocktails and a Mystery

A LAUGH TOPS EVERY THRILLING MOMENT! When William Powell arrived on his first day on the set of this film, he was going to shoot the scene where his character Nick Charles would be introduced to audiences. It takes place in a bar and director W.S. Van Dyke gave Powell a cocktail shaker and told … Continue reading The Thin Man: Cocktails and a Mystery

Atomic Blonde

As the Berlin Wall is about to fall in 1989, MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to the city to cooperate with the station chief (James McAvoy) after the murder of an agent. Former stuntman turned director David Leitch worked on John Wick (2014) and this action thriller has similar ingredients. It is … Continue reading Atomic Blonde

Notting Hill

CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill

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

The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

ON THE AIR. UNAWARE. There’s an episode of Twilight Zone, the 1980s revival, called ”Special Service” that aired in 1989. Written by J. Michael Straczynski who later created the sci-fi classic Babylon 5, the episode tells the story of a man who discovers that his whole life is a reality show on TV; even his … Continue reading The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

Flesh for Frankenstein

BRINGS THE HORROR OFF THE SCREEN… AND INTO YOUR LAP.  Baron von Frankenstein (Udo Kier), who’s married to his sister (Monique van Vooren), tries to create a perfect Serbian super human, assembled from parts of various corpses. The collaboration between Andy Warhol and director Paul Morrissey resulted in two re-imaginings of classic horror tales, this … Continue reading Flesh for Frankenstein

The Girls

Three actresses (Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom) take the classic play ”Lysistrata” on the road, while subsequently dealing with the men in their lives. A feminist battle cry that wasn’t too well received at the time, but has nevertheless become a minor classic. The film blends scenes from the play with imaginary sequences and … Continue reading The Girls