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My Oscar Predictions 2017

The ad above shows Jimmy Kimmel explaining to us what it takes to win an Oscar. He’s hosting the show this Sunday for the first time and I’m sure he’ll deliver a solid performance. That’s what the Academy seems to be aiming for this year – I don’t think anyone’s eyebrows were raised at the … Continue reading My Oscar Predictions 2017

Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

At first, Norman Jewison was considered as director of a movie chronicling the life of Malcolm X. After all, he had done a great job on In the Heat of the Night (1967), a film that took on the racial conflicts of that period in America. Jewison was interested in the project, but there was … Continue reading Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

Crimson Tide

DANGER RUNS DEEP. Just as the U.S. and Russia are facing the threat of nuclear war, the submarine USS Alabama heads out on a mission with a seasoned commander (Gene Hackman) and a fresh executive officer (Denzel Washington). The most macho submarine thriller you can imagine naturally comes from the director and producer of Top … Continue reading Crimson Tide

The Equalizer

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME? When retired government operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) tries to help a prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) that he has befriended, he makes dangerous enemies in the shape of Russian mobsters. A clichéd adaptation of the 1985-1989 TV series that featured Edward Woodward as a gentlemanly but … Continue reading The Equalizer

Philadelphia

NO ONE WOULD TAKE HIS CASE… UNTIL ONE MAN WAS WILLING TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM.   When Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is suddenly fired from his law firm after the senior partners realize that he has AIDS, he enlists the support of a homophobic colleague (Denzel Washington). After the success of The … Continue reading Philadelphia

Attenborough: More Than John Hammond

When news of Richard Attenborough’s death reached staff at the paper I work for, they recognized him as “the old guy from Jurassic Park“. Some of them confused him with his younger brother, broadcaster David Attenborough. We may not have heard much lately of Lord Attenborough, who was 90 when he passed away, but he certainly accomplished … Continue reading Attenborough: More Than John Hammond

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

Flight

  When a flight to Atlanta crashes in a field, Captain “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington) gets credit for saving so many lives… but a toxicology screen at the hospital shows that he was drunk. Robert Zemeckis’s first non-animated film in 12 years is a compelling drama about alcoholism anchored by a very strong performance by … Continue reading Flight

Ridley Scott’s Five Best

Congratulations to Ridley Scott who turns 75 today! The director, who’s had a rough year with the suicide of his brother Tony, still looks set to follow the example of Robert Altman who kept on making good movies right up until the very end. This year, Scott delivered Prometheus and he recently wrapped The Counselor with Javier … Continue reading Ridley Scott’s Five Best

Tony Scott 1944-2012

  Today, Hollywood may not have lost a man who won awards, but certainly a man of the people. Tony Scott’s films rarely received much praise from critics, but they usually found huge audiences and the director became a role model to younger filmmakers trying to make an impact in the action genre. Scott won … Continue reading Tony Scott 1944-2012

The Book of Eli

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. Some time after a nuclear catastrophe, Eli (Denzel Washington) arrives in a small town run by Carnegie’s (Gary Oldman) vicious gang; when they learn that Eli has a very powerful book they do everything to grab it. The Hughes Brothers’ first movie in … Continue reading The Book of Eli

Safe House

NO ONE IS SAFE. When a CIA safe house in South Africa is attacked, an inexperienced operative (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to flee along with a high-value prisoner (Denzel Washington). Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s first American feature is a gritty action-thriller about dirty games within the CIA – it will take the length of the film for our hero to … Continue reading Safe House