Tag Archives: Chris Pine

Wonder Woman

POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER.  Finally, after the failures of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Comics delivered a superhero adventure able to rival the Marvel movies. Directing her first feature film in 14 years, Patty Jenkins and her team craft a handsome and robust equivalent to the Captain America movies, set … Continue reading Wonder Woman

Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

BLOOD ALWAYS FOLLOWS MONEY.  This film, surely one of the best to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes festival,  may take place in West Texas, but it wasn’t shot there. The filmmakers opted for Eastern New Mexico instead, a region that is sometimes called ”Little Texas”. As far as culture, … Continue reading Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

Star Trek Beyond

A few years into a five-year mission, James Kirk (Chris Pine) is having doubts about his career when suddenly the Enterprise is attacked by unknown aliens. The story may sound like any other generic Star Trek outing, and this third film in the new franchise has indeed its moments where the action and the characters’ … Continue reading Star Trek Beyond

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

Horrible Bosses 2

NEW CRIME. SAME TOOLS. When Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) try to start a company together and are screwed by their financier (Christoph Waltz), they come up with a scheme to get back at him. As is the case with far too many sequels, the story is thinner but the … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

People Like Us

FIND YOUR FAMILY.  Just as he’s going through a work-related crisis, Sam (Chris Pine) learns that his father has died; they were never close, but it turns out that the old man had a secret… Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directing debut is more earnest than most of the adventures that he and partner Roberto Orci usually … Continue reading People Like Us

Clancy Would Not Have Liked This New Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens this week and it is, sadly, a disappointment. I can see where they were going with this project. As part of a never-ending effort to reboot virtually every franchise there is, Jack Ryan must have seemed tempting to Paramount. After all, author Tom Clancy did such a good job of creating … Continue reading Clancy Would Not Have Liked This New Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

TRUST NO ONE. Young Afghanistan War veteran Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is recruited by the CIA to work covertly in a Wall Street company, but suddenly this analyst is turned into an operative and sent to Moscow on a mission. A reboot of Tom Clancy’s character that tries to turn Jack Ryan into Jason Bourne. … Continue reading Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Congrats, Patrick Wilson & Kurtwood Smith

Today we’re congratulating two actors – Patrick Wilson, who turns 40, and Kurtwood Smith, who is 70 years old. Neither is a huge star obviously, but they have both made their mark in different ways. Wilson was last seen in a much-discussed episode of Girls where he played an older hunk whom Lena Dunham’s character got … Continue reading Congrats, Patrick Wilson & Kurtwood Smith

This Means War

IT’S SPY AGAINST SPY. CIA agents and best friends FDR Foster and Tuck Hansen (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy) start dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) without realizing it and soon turn it into a mindless contest. McG returns to Charlie’s Angels territory with this romantic action-comedy, but he should have moved on. The cartoonish shootouts, … Continue reading This Means War