Tag Archives: Ben Kingsley

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

The Boxtrolls

HEROES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES… EVEN RECTANGLES. In a small town where rumors persist that cardboard-wearing subterranean trolls are kidnapping children, a pest exterminator strikes a deal to kill all the boxtrolls. A 3D stop-motion adventure from the studio that brought us Coraline (2009), retaining that darkly comical look. Featuring a story about … Continue reading The Boxtrolls

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Exodus: Gods and Kings

ONCE BROTHERS, NOW ENEMIES.  Moses (Christian Bale) is raised by the Pharaoh of Egypt (John Turturro) together with his son Rhamses (Joel Edgerton), but when the truth about Moses’s heritage emerges, everything changes… Ridley Scott returns to epics, a genre he commands well, this time inspired by a biblical story rather than Roman or Medieval … Continue reading Exodus: Gods and Kings

Attenborough: More Than John Hammond

When news of Richard Attenborough’s death reached staff at the paper I work for, they recognized him as “the old guy from Jurassic Park“. Some of them confused him with his younger brother, broadcaster David Attenborough. We may not have heard much lately of Lord Attenborough, who was 90 when he passed away, but he certainly accomplished … Continue reading Attenborough: More Than John Hammond

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog entry highlighting the Super Bowl ads that featured Hollywood stars. After all, I have no interest in neither the game itself nor the halftime show if it’s going to feature performers like Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Admittedly the ad that raised the most interest this year … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Ender’s Game

THIS IS NOT A GAME. Years into the future, after an alien attack on Earth that left millions dead, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is among the bright teenagers recruited to fight a decisive, future war. This adaptation of the classic novel suffers from the same problems as The Host and After Earth, two other … Continue reading Ender’s Game

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

The Dictator

After falling victim to a scheme hatched by his uncle (Ben Kingsley), Admiral General Aladeen of Wadiya (Sacha Baron Cohen) lives incognito in New York City where he’s plotting his comeback. Made “in loving memory of Kim Jong-Il”, this third movie from the Larry Charles-Cohen team is a straight fish-out-of-water story without any of the … Continue reading The Dictator

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

DEFY THE FUTURE. After attacking the sacred city of Alamut, the Persian King is poisoned to death; the adopted prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) is blamed and escapes together with the princess of Alamut (Gemma Arterton). There are times when the visual effects in this adaptation of the video game look dazzling, and the filmmakers have at … Continue reading Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Hugo: Reinventing Méliès

  When I first saw the previews for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, I was sorely disappointed and thought that these films will hardly be counted among the masters’ greatest. The first one looked awfully sentimental, the other one too kid-oriented. I still haven’t seen War Horse, but boy was I wrong about Hugo. Admittedly, the film … Continue reading Hugo: Reinventing Méliès