Tag Archives: Charlize Theron

The Fate of the Furious

NEW ROADS AHEAD.  The old team is rounded up one more time for a top secret government mission, but they’re all seemingly betrayed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who’s working with a new dangerous foe (Charlize Theron)… The eighth chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has a razor-thin story for a movie as … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Devil’s Advocate

THE NEWEST ATTORNEY AT THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL LAW FIRM HAS NEVER LOST A CASE. BUT HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS SOUL. Florida attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is recruited by John Milton (Al Pacino), a senior partner at a powerful New York law firm, but Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) soon discover that their … Continue reading The Devil’s Advocate

Mad Max Fury Road: We Did Need Another Hero

ONLY THE MAD SURVIVE. Who in their right mind believed in a fourth Mad Max? Most fans and critics agree that the first two films were classics and the third one not so much. In the early 2000s, when it seemed as if director George Miller had moved on, he started preparing for a fourth … Continue reading Mad Max Fury Road: We Did Need Another Hero

A Million Ways to Die in the West

BRING PROTECTION.  Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time … Continue reading A Million Ways to Die in the West

Young Adult

EVERYONE GETS OLD. NOT EVERYONE GROWS UP. 37-year-old, once successful young-adult writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) returns to her small Minnesota hometown with a mission: to woo her high-school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), even though he’s a happily married dad. Jason Reitman reunited with Juno (2007) screenwriter Diablo Cody for another comedy, this time about a … Continue reading Young Adult

Prometheus

THE SEARCH FOR OUR BEGINNING COULD LEAD TO OUR END.   In the 2090s, the Prometheus is carrying a scientific expedition into outer space, heading for an Earth-like moon that could harbor clues to the beginning of mankind. Director Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise is in the form of a 3D prequel exploring … Continue reading Prometheus

Snow White and the Huntsman

When Princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) escapes from the prison cell where her now dead father’s wicked wife (Charlize Theron) put her, the new queen sends a troubled huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) out to catch her. The old fairy tale gets a makeover (released the same year as another version, Mirror Mirror) that should send audiences … Continue reading Snow White and the Huntsman

Celebrity

A NEW COMEDY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET FAMOUS… OR STAY FAMOUS. After separating, travel journalist Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) and his wife (Judy Davis) enter the singles scene, but Lee in particular learns the pitfalls of trying to find happiness. Director Woody Allen satirizes all the absurd aspects of fame, but offers … Continue reading Celebrity

The Road: No Country for Anyone

IN A MOMENT THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER. Like so many others, I read Cormac McCarthy’s outstanding novel a few years ago and was moved and impressed by his language and the emotions of the story. When I heard that it would be made into a movie I was skeptical because the way McCarthy uses his … Continue reading The Road: No Country for Anyone

Hancock

THERE ARE HEROES. THERE ARE SUPERHEROES. AND THEN THERE’S HANCOCK. Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), a down-and-out PR man, takes on an alcoholic superhero (Will Smith) who’s in desperate need of improving his standing in the community. Loved the trailer, not so much the movie. It starts amusingly enough with great visual effects, plenty of energy, funny … Continue reading Hancock

North Country

ALL SHE WANTED WAS TO MAKE A LIVING. INSTEAD SHE MADE HISTORY. In 1989, Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) becomes one of few women to work in Northern Minnesota’s iron mines, but she finds herself unable to put up with the sexual harassment. Loosely based on a real-life landmark case, it is a film with good … Continue reading North Country