Tag Archives: Don Cheadle

Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  This year has seen two epic superhero movies, crafted by the film studios of rivaling comic-book powerhouses Marvel and DC Comics. The first one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was generally scorned, while Captain America: Civil War is getting a lot of praise. In both films, we see … Continue reading Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog entry highlighting the Super Bowl ads that featured Hollywood stars. After all, I have no interest in neither the game itself nor the halftime show if it’s going to feature performers like Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Admittedly the ad that raised the most interest this year … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 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

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

Bulworth

BRACE YOURSELF. THIS POLITICIAN IS ABOUT TO TELL THE TRUTH! Running for re-election in 1996, liberal California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty) decides that this is the time to have a breakdown and start telling the truth. In this comedy, Beatty finds an opportunity to tell the world what’s wrong with U.S. politics, attacking … Continue reading Bulworth

The Guard

  When an international drug-smuggling ring shows up near Connemara in Ireland, the exceptionally local police get a little help from an FBI agent (Don Cheadle)… John Michael McDonagh’s feature debut gives Brendan Gleeson a role that could have been written for him – he absolutely nails it, with a deadpan performance as a racist, whore-mongering, hard-drinking, blunt … Continue reading The Guard

Iron Man 2

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is pressured by his own deteriorating health, as well as the emergence of a new supervillain (Mickey Rourke) who teams up with a rival arms dealer (Sam Rockwell). Most critics thought too highly of the original and now they’re underestimating the sequel. Downey, Jr. is still the heart and center of … Continue reading Iron Man 2

Boogie Nights: Sex, Drugs and Disco

THE LIFE OF A DREAMER, THE DAYS OF A BUSINESS AND THE NIGHTS IN BETWEEN.   The movie that looked like it might reenergize Burt Reynolds’s career (it didn’t really) is a fascinating look at the American porn industry in the late 1970s. Reynolds visited real porn sets in order to better understand the industry. … Continue reading Boogie Nights: Sex, Drugs and Disco

After the Sunset

WHO WILL WALK AWAY? Master thieves and lovers Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) retire and move to an island paradise, but a dogged FBI agent (Woody Harrelson) is convinced that they’re planning a new heist. Director Brett Ratner’s version of To Catch a Thief (1955) is old-fashioned and comfortable, but not … Continue reading After the Sunset

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang are exacting revenge on a billionaire (Al Pacino) when Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by him. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but when I just now reread what … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen