Tag Archives: Jesse Eisenberg

Café Society

ANYONE WHO IS ANYONE WILL BE SEEN AT CAFÉ SOCIETY. In the 1930s, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where his powerful uncle (Steve Carell) gives him a job at his agency; he falls in love with a secretary (Kristen Stewart), without realizing that she’s having an affair with his uncle. A pleasant but … Continue reading Café Society

Now You See Me 2

REAPPEARING JUNE 10. The members of the Horsemen are still in hiding, but when they’re assigned a new case by the secret society of magicians that they’re now part of, everything changes. I have no idea why anyone would ask for a sequel to a rather anonymous heist thriller in the first place, but here … Continue reading Now You See Me 2

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Woody Allen at 80

Today, Woody Allen turns 80 years old. There is every reason to congratulate this outstanding director even though he’s far from at the top of his game right now. Allen remains incredibly prolific, turning out a new movie every year. Once a year, we take our seat in a movie theater hoping to be dazzled … Continue reading Woody Allen at 80

The Double

Director Richard Ayoade’s follow-up to his debut, Submarine (2011), is equally grim and bleak in tone, as we follow a worker (Jesse Esienberg) who’s living in a very drab society; everyone around him either puts him down or don’t even recognize his presence. That changes when a new guy is hired at the office who … Continue reading The Double

Now You See Me

4 AMAZING MAGICIANS. 3 IMPOSSIBLE HEISTS. 1 BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS NO ILLUSION. Four brilliant magicians seemingly rob a bank in Paris during one of their Las Vegas shows and showers the audience with money from the vault; FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assigned the case. Another heist movie with lots of tricks … Continue reading Now You See Me

To Rome With Love

Woody Allen followed up his successful Midnight in Paris (2011) with another light-hearted excursion to a fabled, romantic city in Europe. Once again magical realism does its best to sell Rome as an irresistible place of history and culture where anything could happen. Among others, we meet an American retiree (Allen) who discovers an opera … Continue reading To Rome With Love

Solitary Man

BEN LOVES HIS FAMILY ALMOST AS MUCH AS HE LOVES HIMSELF.  Once successful, now disgraced car salesman Ben Kalmen’s (Michael Douglas) marriage is over, the relationship with his daughter is troubled, and he probably has a heart condition… but that doesn’t stop him from chasing after college girls. This is truly a vehicle for Douglas … Continue reading Solitary Man

Rio

1 OUT OF EVERY 8 AMERICANS IS AFRAID OF FLYING. MOST OF THEM DON’T HAVE FEATHERS. Blu, a domesticated member of the critically endangered species of Spix’s Macaw, journeys with his owner to Rio de Janeiro where the bird hopefully will mate with another macaw, Jewel. The Ice Age (2002) director delivers another grand adventure that will please … Continue reading Rio

The Social Network: Why Can’t We Be Friends

YOU DON’T GET TO 500 MILLION FRIENDS WITHOUT MAKING A FEW ENEMIES. I joined Facebook four years ago. At first, it felt like a playground for grownups where we poked each other and greedily accepted every new childish application that someone had designed specifically for Facebook. Four years later, this social network has matured into … Continue reading The Social Network: Why Can’t We Be Friends

Squid and the Whale: Baumbach Growing Up

JOINT CUSTODY BLOWS. I almost feel like I should apologize. I borrowed this DVD from a friend, liked it a lot… but didn’t consider it a masterpiece, which is what my friend and many critics do. There really is nothing negative to report about the film; it is beautifully executed and very effective… as long … Continue reading Squid and the Whale: Baumbach Growing Up

The Village

RUN. THE TRUCE IS ENDING. The people of a small, isolated Pennsylvania village have a special agreement with the creatures that inhabit the surrounding woods, but an accident brings about changes… Director M. Night Shyamalan’s first major misstep is supposedly an allegory about America after 9/11, but the whole set-up suffers from a lack of logic … Continue reading The Village