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Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

HERE’S TO THE FOOLS WHO DREAM. Remember that opening scene from Manhattan (1979)? It’s a montage of different New York City images beautifully captured in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, set to George Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” as it builds in intensity to an impressive display of fireworks. It is an unforgettable tribute … Continue reading La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

Aloha

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BEFORE YOU CAN SAY HELLO.  Military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) goes to Hawaii to take part in a traditional blessing that has unclear ties to the military; the disillusioned Gilcrest gets the wide-eyed Allison Ng (Emma Stone) as his Air Force liaison… After some controversy, both Cameron Crowe … Continue reading Aloha

Irrational Man

After overhearing a conversation about a certain judge in a diner, alcoholic New England philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) decides that killing him is the moral thing to do. Woody Allen returns to familiar territory as similar questions of morality have been treated in films like Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Cassandra’s Dream (2008). … Continue reading Irrational Man

Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

  Director Alejandro González Iñárritu reportedly sat down with the legendary Mike Nichols for dinner to discuss his next project, a comedy that would be shot as one long take. Nichols warned him not to go ahead with this idea since editing has always been a key ingredient in how you make comedy work in … Continue reading Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

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

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

NO MORE SECRETS. While Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) worries over Gwen’s (Emma Stone) safety now that she knows his secret alias, Spider-Man faces two new enemies. Marc Webb’s attempt to make the greatest blockbuster ever has moments of beauty in its execution, including striking 3D visuals. Unfortunately, many jokes fall flat and the introduction of … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Help

CHANGE BEGINS WITH A WHISPER.  In early 1960s Mississippi, young “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer and secretly starts interviewing black maids to find out what their lives are like in the segregated South. Tate Taylor was friends with author Kathryn Stockett, secured the rights to her novel and had a massive … Continue reading The Help

Easy A

LET’S NOT AND SAY WE DID. High schooler Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies about losing her virginity and finds that spreading rumors has interesting consequences in school… We’ve all seen high school movies inspired by Shakespeare, and here’s one that applies the drama of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” to this environment in a breezy, … Continue reading Easy A

Gangster Squad

NO NAMES. NO BADGES. NO MERCY. In 1940s Los Angeles, Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is secretly tasked with gathering a small group of men he can trust in an attempt to rid the city of the powerful mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Zombieland (2009) director Ruben Fleischer takes on a different genre, with less … Continue reading Gangster Squad

The Amazing Spider-Man

THE UNTOLD STORY BEGINS. Instead of making a fourth chapter in their Spider-Man franchise, Columbia opted for a reboot and did everything to convince us that it wasn’t a pointless remake of Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. Much of the film covers very familiar territory. Still, as a stand-alone comic book movie it has excellent qualities, … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man