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The Promise

EMPIRES FALL. LOVE SURVIVES. As the Ottoman Empire prepares to go to war in 1914, an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) is caught up in the turmoil, along with an American journalist (Christian Bale) and his girlfriend (Charlotte Le Bon). The Hotel Rwanda (2004) director takes on another genocide that has never gotten proper attention … Continue reading The Promise

The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Brad Pitt must think Michael Lewis is a genius. Perhaps he is. Lewis is the financial journalist who wrote “Moneyball”, a book about a baseball manager who used statistics to win games, and “The Big Short”, about the housing bubble that sent the world into the Great Recession of 2008. … Continue reading The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

Out of the Furnace

SOMETIMES YOUR BATTLES CHOOSE YOU.  After serving time in prison, steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) learns that his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), who did tours in Iraq, competes in bare-knuckle fights. A grim drama from the director of Crazy Heart (2009) set in an economically depressed Pennsylvania borough. The working-class locations feel … Continue reading Out of the Furnace

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

Exodus: Gods and Kings

ONCE BROTHERS, NOW ENEMIES.  Moses (Christian Bale) is raised by the Pharaoh of Egypt (John Turturro) together with his son Rhamses (Joel Edgerton), but when the truth about Moses’s heritage emerges, everything changes… Ridley Scott returns to epics, a genre he commands well, this time inspired by a biblical story rather than Roman or Medieval … Continue reading Exodus: Gods and Kings

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 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

Ben Affleck is Not the Problem

Few things are likely to have caused such nerd rage this year as the decision to cast Ben Affleck as the next Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. My reaction was simply, this could be interesting. I should explain my lack of passion. I loved Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy; I consider The Dark Knight … Continue reading Ben Affleck is Not the Problem

Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A FIRE WILL RISE.   On the night of this film’s intensely anticipated premiere, a 24-year-old man attacked a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 people. The horrendous act caused the studio to remove ads for the The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan released a statement where he called the movie … Continue reading Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

The Fighter

It certainly has a ring of truth, this home-grown drama about the troubled relationship between two Massachusetts prizefighters who are also brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. The project was nursed by Mark Wahlberg (also born and raised in that state), shot on location, features a few real-life appearances (such as Mickey O’Keefe, Ward’s mentor) … Continue reading The Fighter

Terminator Salvation

THE END BEGINS.   In 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) thinks he has found a way to defeat the deadly machines, but he also needs to track down a teenager (Anton Yelchin) who will be crucial to the future of mankind. The fourth film in the series is the first without Arnold Schwarzenegger, though his T-101 … Continue reading Terminator Salvation

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

The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile

WELCOME TO A WORLD WITHOUT RULES.   “Why so serioussss?”, hisses the Joker as he flashes his retarded grin. This is after committing several murders, throwing Gotham City into disarray and before trying to force two boatloads of people to choose which one of the groups should perish first. It’s easy to see why people … Continue reading The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile