Tag Archives: Jared Harris

Allied

THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A HIGHER CLASS OF HERO. In 1963, the CIA and the KGB team up, forcing their top agents (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) to reluctantly cooperate on a case where Nazi sympathizers might get their hands on a nuke. After taking on the world of Sherlock Holmes with amusing results, Guy Ritchie turned to a classic … Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Boxtrolls

HEROES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES… EVEN RECTANGLES. In a small town where rumors persist that cardboard-wearing subterranean trolls are kidnapping children, a pest exterminator strikes a deal to kill all the boxtrolls. A 3D stop-motion adventure from the studio that brought us Coraline (2009), retaining that darkly comical look. Featuring a story about … Continue reading The Boxtrolls

Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

  On a visit to Washington D.C. last October, I made the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial and found the experience of first taking in the huge marble statue of the 16th President and then reading the words from his second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address that are engraved onto the walls of … Continue reading Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

As Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) conspires to start a world war by pitting France and Germany against each other, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law) try to outwit him. The two stars are still fun to watch and they’re superbly aided by an appropriately creepy Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

MY NAME IS ALICE AND I REMEMBER EVERYTHING. Alice (Milla Jovovich), who survived the troubles inside The Hive, now fights for survival in Raccoon City that lies on top of the doomed facility; the whole place is contaminated. More zombies and shootouts in the dark corners of a nightmarish future world; the director obviously wants to … Continue reading Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Lady in the Water

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR A HAPPY ENDING. Apartment superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) finds out that a woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives beneath the complex’s swimming pool; she turns out not to be human, but a narf, and she’s in danger. Director M. Night Shyamalan’s bedtime story has a terrific score, a good performance … Continue reading Lady in the Water