Tag Archives: James Cromwell

The Promise

EMPIRES FALL. LOVE SURVIVES. As the Ottoman Empire prepares to go to war in 1914, an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) is caught up in the turmoil, along with an American journalist (Christian Bale) and his girlfriend (Charlotte Le Bon). The Hotel Rwanda (2004) director takes on another genocide that has never gotten proper attention … Continue reading The Promise

Big Hero 6

14-year-old Hiro is a robotics genius with a brilliant future ahead of him at a prestigious university, but a sudden tragedy takes him in a different, dangerous direction. Disney’s first animated Marvel movie is an unexpectedly successful collaboration that brings out the best from both studios. Attractive entertainment in beautiful 3D for both kids and … Continue reading Big Hero 6

Final Predictions for the Emmys

Since tonight is the Primetime Emmy Awards, the time is ripe for final predictions.  DRAMA: Drama Series: Breaking Bad. Actor: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad. Will face real competition from Kevin Spacey of House of Cards. Actress: Claire Danes, Homeland. A tough category; Kerry Washington of Scandal is also a good bet. Supporting Actor: Mandy Patinkin, Homeland. Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad. Directing: House of Cards. … Continue reading Final Predictions for the Emmys

The Emmy Race Right Now

Behind the Candelabra ruled last night at the Creative Arts Emmys, scoring eight awards. Bob Newhart, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston and Dan Bucatinsky picked up guest acting Emmys for their appearances on The Big Bang Show, Louie, The Good Wife and Scandal. Neil Patrick Harris, who did such a good job of hosting the Tony Awards, received an Emmy for that. … Continue reading The Emmy Race Right Now

Secretariat

THE IMPOSSIBLE TRUE STORY. In the late 1960s, Colorado housewife Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father’s (Scott Glenn) thoroughbred racing operation in Virginia even though it’s a huge gamble. Another well-made Disney movie about a real-life success story from the world of sports (not unlike Miracle (2004)) that has good performances, … Continue reading Secretariat

The Artist: A Silent Treatment

Michel Hazanavicius is obviously a man who loves the cinema. French audiences know his OSS 117 films, spoofs of the spy genre, and he had allegedly been thinking about making a silent film for a long time when the opportunity finally came. We don’t see many of those these days; the last one to receive wide distribution was … Continue reading The Artist: A Silent Treatment

Murder by Death

BY THE TIME THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVES FIGURE OUT WHODUNNIT… YOU COULD DIE LAUGHING! Six of the world’s greatest detectives gather at a remote mansion, but are not prepared for the mysterious host’s (Truman Capote) deadly games… This film is a delight for anyone who knows how to appreciate Neil Simon’s sense of humor as well … Continue reading Murder by Death

Surrogates

HOW DO YOU SAVE HUMANITY WHEN THE ONLY THING THAT’S REAL IS YOU? Sometime in the future, most people prefer to stay at home and experience life through better-looking androids (called “surrogates”); crime has been virtually erased, but then two murders happen… You either buy into this slickly produced concept or you don’t, but Gattaca-type … Continue reading Surrogates

L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT… EVERYONE IS FOR SALE… AND NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.  In the case of L.A. Confidential, success was far from guaranteed. Director Curtis Hanson had made a few formulaic thrillers, screenwriter Brian Helgeland was not an established name in Hollywood and the two stars, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, were mostly known … Continue reading L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

The Green Mile

MIRACLES HAPPEN IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES.  In 1935, Louisiana prison guard Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) discovers that one of the men on death row, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), has special gifts and starts thinking that maybe he’s innocent. Director Frank Darabont makes another trip to the well that brought us the successful Shawshank Redemption (1994). Fans … Continue reading The Green Mile

Becoming Jane

HER OWN LIFE IS HER GREATEST INSPIRATION. After all the movies based on Jane Austen’s novels, the time was right to take a look at her own life and see how it compared to the fictional romances. This take, based on letters Austen once wrote, resembles “Pride & Prejudice” but the events of her youth … Continue reading Becoming Jane

W.

A LIFE MISUNDERESTIMATED. There are moments here where George W. Bush comes across as a bumbling fool… but this is also in many ways a gentle portrait of a simple man who unbelievably became leader of the free world. The movie jumps back and forth between the President’s preparations for going to war with Iraq … Continue reading W.