Tag Archives: Billy Crudup

Justice League

UNITE THE LEAGUE.  After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Earth is threatened by a supervillain and his demonic legion, leading Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to form a league of heroes together with a couple of new talents. The DC Comics version of Marvel’s The Avengers tries hard to build … Continue reading Justice League

Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

I WANT THEM TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO JACK.  Chilean director Pablo Larraín was about to make his first American film, but had doubts. He had been offered a biopic about Jackie Kennedy, but didn’t know anything about the Kennedys and the assassination other than what he (and we) had read in newspapers … Continue reading Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

Eat Pray Love

LET YOURSELF GO THIS AUGUST. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) has pretty much everything, but is still unhappy and feels lost – perhaps a culinary trip to Italy, a bit of praying in India and a love affair in Bali will take care of things? Gilbert’s Oprah-endorsed new age book gets its inevitable film adaptation that … Continue reading Eat Pray Love

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

Almost Famous: Band On the Run

EXPERIENCE IT. ENJOY IT. JUST DON’T FALL FOR IT.   I don’t think there’s a rock critic around who doesn’t love this movie. In fact, it should appeal to any kind of critic because it’s not really about music but passion for the art of writing about it. I bet that every press screening back … Continue reading Almost Famous: Band On the Run

The Good Shepherd: Guarding the Flock

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED. Robert De Niro should work as a director more often. His first film in that capacity, A Bronx Tale (1993), had a ring of truth to it and so does this story about the rise of the CIA after WWII, a pet … Continue reading The Good Shepherd: Guarding the Flock

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies

Watchmen

THEY WATCH OVER US… BUT WHO WATCHES THEM? New York, 1985; after the murder of a retired superhero, the conservative and uncompromising Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley), tries to find the killer. The filmmakers largely made the right decisions in adapting the classic graphic novel, even though some original, interesting touches are missing for obvious reasons. … Continue reading Watchmen

Big Fish

AN ADVENTURE AS BIG AS LIFE ITSELF?   Tall tales are a natural part of the South and the leading character in director Tim Burton’s fantastical film has made his whole life a tall tale. While his son (Billy Crudup) bitterly tries to make the dying father (Albert Finney) tell something believable about his life, … Continue reading Big Fish

The Hi-Lo Country

A WOMAN LIKE MONA CAN DRIVE MEN TO EXTREMES. At the end of WWII, two cowboys (Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup) out west compete for the same married woman (Patricia Arquette) and tangle with a powerful landowner. One of the greatest things about director Stephen Frears is his versatility; who could have guessed that he would … Continue reading The Hi-Lo Country