Tag Archives: George Clooney

Tomorrowland

IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.  Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) finds a pin that shows her a vision of a futuristic place called Tomorrowland that’s invisible to everyone else; soon she’s on the run with a mysterious girl (Raffey Cassidy)… Another Disney amusement park attraction gets its own movie, as in the case of … Continue reading Tomorrowland

Three Kings

IN A WAR WITHOUT HEROES THEY ARE KINGS. After the Gulf War, a group of Army officers get their hands on a document showing the location of bunkers that might contain gold bullion that Iraqi soldiers stole from Kuwait… Director David O. Russell’s first major critical breakthrough may look like Kelly’s Heroes (1970) on paper, … Continue reading Three Kings

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

The Men Who Stare at Goats

NO GOATS. NO GLORY. After flying to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War, journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) meets a retired Army operator (George Clooney) who’s been trained in parapsychological skills. You really want to love this film, but it squanders a good opportunity. Loosely based on an actual military initiative, the script chronicles … Continue reading The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Monuments Men

IT WAS THE GREATEST ART HEIST IN HISTORY. In 1943, art conservationist Frank Stokes (George Clooney) talks President Roosevelt into allowing him to form an Army unit consisting of art historians and various experts, with the task of saving as many works of art from the Nazis as possible. Based on true events, this film … Continue reading The Monuments Men

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

Terrence Malick, the 20-Year Mystery, Turns 70

The clip above is fascinating. It’s from last year when Christopher Plummer came together with George Clooney, Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron for a Newsweek round-table talk about the Oscars. However, in this clip they’re talking about Terrence Malick and they seem to be unusually candid about a filmmaker who usually … Continue reading Terrence Malick, the 20-Year Mystery, Turns 70

Gravity: More Science, Less Hollywood

DON’T LET GO.   Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and the most famous person working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, was surprised the other day to learn how media had reported on a series of tweets he’d made where he pointed out scientific mistakes in Gravity. He felt compelled to explain … Continue reading Gravity: More Science, Less Hollywood

Ben Affleck is Not the Problem

Few things are likely to have caused such nerd rage this year as the decision to cast Ben Affleck as the next Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. My reaction was simply, this could be interesting. I should explain my lack of passion. I loved Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy; I consider The Dark Knight … Continue reading Ben Affleck is Not the Problem

All NBC Has is Its History

The clip above shows the wonderful opening of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, where Justin Timberlake enters the magical world of the “Five-Timers Club” (people who’ve hosted the show five times or more) and finds that its members include the likes of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Paul Simon and Candice Bergen; there’s also Tom … Continue reading All NBC Has is Its History