Tag Archives: James Earl Jones

Rogue One

A REBELLION BUILT ON HOPE. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) becomes involved with the Rebel Alliance and its quest to steal the blueprint for the Death Star; her father deliberately hid a fatal flaw inside this powerful space weapon… This 3D prequel to Star Wars (1977) was made by the Godzilla (2014) director and has a … Continue reading Rogue One

Judge Dredd

ONE MAN IS JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.  In the 2080s, most of mankind live in huge “Mega-Cities” where crime is rampant; Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) works as virtually a one-man army, serving as a cop, judge and executioner. The director’s first Hollywood movie disappointed fans of the original comic book. The action is well paced … Continue reading Judge Dredd

Coming to America

THIS SUMMER, PRINCE AKEEM DISCOVERS AMERICA. Pampered African prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) has just turned 21 and wants more independence, taking his best friend (Arsenio Hall) on a trip to New York City where they pose as poor foreign students. Not a sequel to Trading Places (1983) but a comedy in the same vein, complete … Continue reading Coming to America

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

EVERYONE HAS A BAD DAY. HENRY HAS ONE EVERY DAY. When the hot-tempered Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is told that he has a brain aneurysm, he provokes the exhausted doctor (Mila Kunis) to the degree that she tells him he only has 90 minutes left to live. This remake of the Israeli movie The 92 … Continue reading The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Conan the Barbarian

SLAVE. BARBARIAN. WARRIOR. THIEF. Sometime during the Hyborian Age, a slave boy grows up to become a man with a burning desire to avenge the brutal deaths of his parents at the hands of a wizard (James Earl Jones). Robert E. Howard’s pulp character gets a decent but uninvolving screen treatment, even if the film … Continue reading Conan the Barbarian

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN.   In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain

ALL HIS LIFE, RAY KINSELLA WAS SEARCHING FOR HIS DREAMS. THEN ONE DAY, HIS DREAMS CAME LOOKING FOR HIM.   One of the very best movies about baseball made a heartfelt case to have the legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It still hasn’t happened though; Jackson remains banned, along … Continue reading Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain

Return of the Jedi: A Case of the Cutes

THE EMPIRE FALLS… When I told a friend of mine that I had recently reviewed the first three Star Wars movies and realized that the third film is inferior to the others, he objected. That’s the most entertaining chapter of them all, he argued, and I used to agree with him. But Return of the Jedi suffers from a … Continue reading Return of the Jedi: A Case of the Cutes

Empire Strikes Back: Deeper Space

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES… I went back to this old favorite certain that I would be less impressed this time and give it a lower rating. But I’m surprised to say that the sequel to Star Wars is still a masterpiece as far as popcorn blockbusters go – and it’s quite different from its predecessor. The first film’s … Continue reading Empire Strikes Back: Deeper Space

Star Wars: One Force to Rule Them All

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY… Many people of my age grew up watching the Star Wars franchise. I never did; my movie nerd era didn’t begin until I was 16 and that’s probably when I saw those films. I understood why they had been so popular with young audiences and liked them … Continue reading Star Wars: One Force to Rule Them All

Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

THE HOT-LINE SUSPENSE COMEDY.   When Stanley Kubrick decided to turn Peter George’s Cold War novel “Red Alert” into a movie, he must have thought the material was too outrageous to be taken seriously. He started writing the script, but brought Terry Southern into the procedure to emphasize what might be funny about the doomsday … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

Robots

YOU CAN SHINE NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF. A young robot leaves home for Robot City where he hopes to become a successful inventor, but he ends up crossing paths with an evil corporate leader. The man and studio that brought us Ice Age (2002) deliver another entertaining CGI adventure. Ambitiously designed, the environs … Continue reading Robots