Tag Archives: Bill Pullman

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

Independence Day: Resurgence

WE HAD TWENTY YEARS TO PREPARE. SO DID THEY.  Twenty years after the war that put an end to a global alien invasion, there are troubling signs that the aggressive extra-terrestrials are mounting another attack. The director and many of the original actors returned for a belated 3D sequel that basically repeats the same formula, … Continue reading Independence Day: Resurgence

A League of Their Own

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own

The Equalizer

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME? When retired government operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) tries to help a prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) that he has befriended, he makes dangerous enemies in the shape of Russian mobsters. A clichéd adaptation of the 1985-1989 TV series that featured Edward Woodward as a gentlemanly but … Continue reading The Equalizer

Independence Day

EARTH. TAKE A GOOD LOOK. IT COULD BE YOUR LAST. An inflated and patriotic throwback to those grand space movies and disaster flicks of the 1950s and ‘70s, this story, where Earth is attacked by huge space ships and must retaliate, could be described as the ultimate invasion matinee. Stirring in the beginning, with special … Continue reading Independence Day

Too Big to Fail

MAIN STREET TOOK THE FALL. WALL STREET GOT THE CHECK.  August 2008; when the Lehman Brothers CEO (James Woods) fails to come up with a deal to save the bank, it is up to the Treasury Secretary (William Hurt) to make the private sector swallow a bitter pill or two. Director Curtis Hanson’s first TV … Continue reading Too Big to Fail

Lucky Numbers

WHEN THEY PUT THEIR HEADS TOGETHER… IT’S A NO BRAINER.  Popular TV weatherman Russ Richards (John Travolta) runs into financial difficulties and concocts a plan together with the ruthless Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) to rig the Pennsylvania state lottery. Nora Ephron tackles something that could be described as a gangster comedy, one that borrows elements (and the … Continue reading Lucky Numbers

The Killer Inside Me

Somewhere in the early 1950s Texas, small-town deputy sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) uses a prostitute (Jessica Alba) as a pawn in an evil plot. First filmed in 1976, Jim Thompson’s novel becomes somewhat of a queasy experience in Michael Winterbottom’s hands. It’s a meditation on violence that stays faithful to the original where events … Continue reading The Killer Inside Me

Scary Movie 4

THE FOURTH AND FINAL CHAPTER OF THE TRILOGY. Cindy (Anna Faris) moves into a haunted house and familiarizes herself with the neighbor (Craig Bierko)… but then aliens attack Earth. Director David Zucker’s second stab at this franchise mainly spoofs War of the Worlds (2005), but includes many other parodies, such as one of The Village (2004) that is … Continue reading Scary Movie 4