Tag Archives: Bradley Cooper

Burnt

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE. Top chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) disappeared from his restaurant in Paris; when he shows up in London three years later, he’s sober and out to get a third Michelin star. There are plenty of mouth-watering dishes on display here and the movie does illustrate our contemporary … Continue reading Burnt

Avengers: Infinity War

WHERE WILL YOU BE, WHEN IT ALL ENDS? Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crash-lands on Earth in time to let the other Avengers know that he and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) have just faced the formidable villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) and that he’s coming to find the rest of the all-powerful Infinity Stones. The third movie in the … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

THIS SUMMER, THE GALAXY WON’T SAVE ITSELF.  When Rocket steals valuable batteries from a hostile race, the Guardians of the Galaxy are hunted – and saved by a man (Kurt Russell) who claims to be Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father. This 3D sequel delivers exactly what fans of the first movie expect – colorful battles … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

War Dogs

AN AMERICAN DREAM. 22-year-old Miami Beach massage therapist David Packouz (Miles Teller) is looking for something else when a friend from his boyhood years shows up; Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) is now a successful arms dealer in need of a partner. A drama-comedy inspired by a Rolling Stone article about two twentysomethings striking it big … Continue reading War Dogs

10 Cloverfield Lane

MONSTERS COME IN MANY FORMS. After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in a concrete room, chained to a wall; a man (John Goodman) who brings her food tells her that there’s been an ”attack” and that he saved her life. Not a direct sequel to Cloverfield (2008), but the filmmakers describe … Continue reading 10 Cloverfield Lane

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

Joy

After the wacky American Hustle (2013), director David O. Russell reverted to a more solid kind of storytelling along the lines of his The Fighter (2011). This is the real-life story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the hard-luck, single mom who invented the Miracle Mop and struggled to get her business off the ground. The … Continue reading Joy

Wet Hot American Summer

HIGH TIMES. HARD BODIES. SOFT ROCK. The writers, who were originally part of the MTV sketch comedy series The State, took their boyhood experiences from summer camps and worked them into this affectionate send-up of raunchy teen flicks of the 1970s/80s. Made in a kind of random style where we follow several kids and counselors … Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer

American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People

ONE BULLET CAN TELL THE STORY.    Rarely has a film provoked such a heated and confusing debate as this film. There was the controversy where a baby in a key scene looks decidedly fake, which is distracting. There was outrage on the left, where people like Michael Moore labeled snipers as “cowards” and Seth … Continue reading American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHEN THINGS GET BAD, THEY’LL DO THEIR WORST. Somewhere in outer space, a human pilot (Chris Pratt) lays his hands on an orb that contains powerful forces and is immediately hunted; along the way, he befriends a motley gang of warriors and adventurers. Another mighty Marvel adventure in 3D, but this time with heavy emphasis … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy

American Hustle

EVERYONE HUSTLES TO SURVIVE.  In 1978, FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) enlists two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams), who are also lovers, in an operation targeting political corruption. Loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM sting, this movie lacks focus and rambles a bit, which is a shame since the scandal deserved a more … Continue reading American Hustle

The Hangover Part III

IT ALL ENDS. The Wolfpack are kidnapped by a mobster (John Goodman) who needs them to find their old nemesis Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) who’s stolen millions of dollars in gold bars from him. Labeled as the last installment in this franchise, this sequel is for those who thought that number two made all the … Continue reading The Hangover Part III

The Place Beyond the Pines

In Blue Valentine (2010), director Derek Cianfrance explored a marriage over several years. This time, his story evolves over 15 years as we first follow a man (Ryan Gosling) who becomes a bank robber, then a cop (Bradley Cooper) who takes a bullet in the line of duty, and eventually both men’s teenage sons as … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines