Tag Archives: Craig T. Nelson

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Book Club

THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ALWAYS THE BEST. Four friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) have had a book club for the past 30 years, but the latest literary choice, ”Fifty Shades of Grey”, turns their lives upside down. A romantic comedy for mature audiences in the vein of Nancy Meyers, complete with … Continue reading Book Club

Gold

PROVE ‘EM ALL WRONG.  In the 1980s, the unsuccessful son (Matthew McConaughey) of an oil tycoon bets everything he has on a dream to find gold in the Indonesian jungles together with a dapper geologist (Édgar Ramírez). The filmmakers take a real-life mining scandal that happened in 1993 and build an entirely fictional drama with … Continue reading Gold

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

The Company Men

BIG BUSINESS JUST CUT THE WRONG GUYS. When a Boston shipbuilding giant starts downsizing, Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) loses his job, but he’s far from the only victim. TV producer and writer John Wells’s feature directing debut is a comment on the Great Recession of 2008, where we follow several white-collar workers and how they … Continue reading The Company Men

… and justice for all.

THIS MAN NEEDS THE BEST LAWYER IN TOWN. BUT THE PROBLEM IS… HE IS THE BEST LAWYER IN TOWN.  Baltimore attorney Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) is offered to represent a judge (John Forsythe) who stands accused of rape; the problem is that Arthur has a personal grudge against the judge. After portraying the unions’ scene … Continue reading … and justice for all.

The Proposal

HERE COMES THE BRIBE… When publishing exec Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is about to be deported to Canada, she talks her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into agreeing to marry her… but meeting his family in Alaska complicates everything. Anne Fletcher follows up on her 27 Dresses (2008) with another romantic comedy that adheres strictly to a … Continue reading The Proposal

The Family Stone

FEEL THE LOVE.   The Stone family is reunited for Christmas in Connecticut; son Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings his new girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) who becomes anything but a hit. Director Thomas Bezucha’s second film is reminiscent of many other Christmas movies, but it manages to overcome its predictability and turn into a funny, genuine and … Continue reading The Family Stone

The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

SAVE THE DAY. In 1999, there was a film called The Iron Giant. It was an animated tale about a boy who ran into a being from outer space, a gigantic figure made of iron. The giant was befriended by the boy, but the grown-ups feared it was nothing but a massive weapon of mass destruction … Continue reading The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

THEY’RE BACK. The Freelings are recuperating after the first movie’s horrific events, but the vicious specters, led by a dead preacher, once again try to get the family under their spell. This sequel simply is too far-fetched to be much bothered with. The visual effects are of random quality; some scenes are borderline ridiculous, including … Continue reading Poltergeist II: The Other Side