Tag Archives: Bill Murray

St. Vincent

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. A boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who’s recently moved to Brooklyn with his mom (Melissa McCarthy) befriends a grumpy, alcoholic Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray). A pleasant indie flick that emphasizes the bonds between various people who are struggling in their community, their relationships constantly being tested. Above all this is a chance for Murray … Continue reading St. Vincent

Ghostbusters II

BE READY TO BELIEVE US.  Five years after the events in the first film, the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business… but a new supernatural threat against New York City catches their attention. The charm from Ghostbusters (1984) is still intact in this sequel thanks to the wonderful cast, with Peter MacNicol adding fun … Continue reading Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? When one of New York City’s oldest buildings appears to be haunted, two parapsychologists jump at the chance to see an actual ghost, and drag a skeptical friend (Kristen Wiig) along. The folks behind the original franchise long tried to get a third movie made, but instead we got a remake … Continue reading Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

THEY’RE HERE TO SAVE THE WORLD. Parapsychologists Pete Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) start a business where they hunt ghosts in New York City, but a particularly dangerous demon is about to present itself. One of the biggest hits of the 1980s has become a much-loved classic with … Continue reading Ghostbusters

Groundhog Day: Lost in Punxsutawney

HE’S HAVING THE WORST DAY OF HIS LIFE… OVER, AND OVER… As a critic, one should be careful sometimes. In 1993, Washington Post’s Desson Howe sat down to watch a new movie starring Bill Murray, and he didn’t like it. Confidently, he stated in his review that Groundhog Day ”will never be designated a national … Continue reading Groundhog Day: Lost in Punxsutawney

Aloha

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BEFORE YOU CAN SAY HELLO.  Military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) goes to Hawaii to take part in a traditional blessing that has unclear ties to the military; the disillusioned Gilcrest gets the wide-eyed Allison Ng (Emma Stone) as his Air Force liaison… After some controversy, both Cameron Crowe … Continue reading Aloha

Olive Kitteridge: Til Death Do Us Part

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE LIFE. Six years ago, Frances McDormand read “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. This was at a time when the actress had watched The Wire (2002-2008) and realized how a sprawling story could be told in a television format. In McDormand’s mind, “Olive Kitteridge” could not be made as … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge: Til Death Do Us Part

Lost in Translation: Aliens in Tokyo

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE FOUND. Sofia Coppola, the daughter of esteemed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, was about to direct her second film after debuting with The Virgin Suicides (1999), and she still wasn’t sure if she had her star. After going to Japan to start shooting, Coppola and her crew did not even know which … Continue reading Lost in Translation: Aliens in Tokyo

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

The Monuments Men

IT WAS THE GREATEST ART HEIST IN HISTORY. In 1943, art conservationist Frank Stokes (George Clooney) talks President Roosevelt into allowing him to form an Army unit consisting of art historians and various experts, with the task of saving as many works of art from the Nazis as possible. Based on true events, this film … Continue reading The Monuments Men

Tootsie: Dressed to Kill

HE’S TOOTSIE… SHE’S DUSTIN HOFFMAN. In the late 1990s, I was studying English in college when one of our teachers organized a reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Not a full stage rendering, mind you… but we still had to dress up and the whole thing was taped by our teacher. I … Continue reading Tootsie: Dressed to Kill

Hyde Park on Hudson

THE PRESIDENT. THE FIRST LADY. THE KING. THE QUEEN. THE MOTHER. THE MISTRESS… ONE WEEKEND WOULD UNITE TWO GREAT NATIONS… AFTER COCKTAILS, OF COURSE.  In the summer of 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) seduces his sixth cousin (Laura Linney) while also preparing to entertain the King and Queen of England at his New … Continue reading Hyde Park on Hudson