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The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

Michael Nyqvist 1960-2017

Swedish star Michael Nyqvist passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Only those who were close to him knew that he had cancer. International moviegoers will always remember him primarily as the investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium franchise – and obviously as bad guys in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and John Wick (2014). … Continue reading Michael Nyqvist 1960-2017

Kingsman: The Secret Service

MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN.  When an agent working for a top-secret intelligence agency is killed, his colleague (Colin Firth) enlists a troublesome teenager (Taron Egerton) to join a group of candidates who will be trained to fill the vacancy. In Matthew Vaughn’s view spy movies were getting a bit too serious, which is why he … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Accidental Husband

FALLING IN LOVE… EVEN THE EXPERT IS CONFUSED. When New York City firefighter Patrick Sullivan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) fiancée breaks off their engagement after taking advice from a radio host (Uma Thurman), he comes up with a plan to exact revenge… Unconvincing from the start, the plan only leads Morgan and Thurman into one situation … Continue reading The Accidental Husband

Magic in the Moonlight

In 1928, famed illusionist Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) is persuaded by a colleague (Simon McBurney) to take a closer look at a young mystic (Emma Stone); convinced that she must be a fraud, Stanley tries to resist her charms. Another comedy from Woody Allen that’s light as a feather, which it shares with The Curse of … Continue reading Magic in the Moonlight

A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

TRUST NO ONE. SUSPECT EVERYONE. I prefer my spies dapper. I want to see them sip martinis and seduce women in one breath, and in the next kill enemy agents in cold blood. I want to see nifty little toys, fast cars and insane supervillains hiding in lairs that could only be designed by Ken … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

IT TAKES LEADERSHIP TO CONFRONT A NATION’S FEAR. IT TAKES FRIENDSHIP TO CONQUER YOUR OWN.   After watching this brilliant drama, I knew I had to consult YouTube for the speech King George VI made after Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. Sometimes, historical events portrayed in films absurdly seem a bit small in comparison … Continue reading The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

A Single Man

As the Cuban Missile Crisis is playing out, L.A. college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) is contemplating suicide a few months after losing his partner (Matthew Goode) in a car crash. Christopher Isherwood’s novel broke new ground in the 1960s with its gay subject matter and is treated with respect by fashion icon Tom Ford … Continue reading A Single Man

Mamma Mia!

A MOTHER. A DAUGHTER. THREE POSSIBLE FATHERS. TAKE A TRIP DOWN THE AISLE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET. Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married on a Greek island and has invited three men to the wedding, one of whom could be her father. The screen adaptation of the smash Broadway hit that is chock-full of … Continue reading Mamma Mia!

Love Actually

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Writer Richard Curtis’s directing debut is one big, loveable mess, a romantic comedy with a huge cast of people who keep falling in love with each other. There are too many of them actually, the stories are unremarkable and they don’t always mix in a satisfying way. But there are … Continue reading Love Actually

Shakespeare in Love: Bringing the Bard to Life

A COMEDY ABOUT THE GREATEST LOVE STORY ALMOST NEVER TOLD. Let’s say William Shakespeare knew how to time travel. Let’s say he came to 1998, went to the movies and saw John Madden’s film Shakespeare in Love. Do you think he would disapprove? I believe he would be quite enchanted with what’s unfolding on screen. William Shakespeare … Continue reading Shakespeare in Love: Bringing the Bard to Life