Tag Archives: Jessica Chastain

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

A Most Violent Year

THE RESULT IS NEVER IN QUESTION, JUST THE PATH YOU TAKE TO GET THERE. In 1981, New York City businessman Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to handle a new threat against his company – someone is organizing hijackings of his heating-oil trucks. A portrait of a world that isn’t necessarily criminal in nature, but … Continue reading A Most Violent Year

Crimson Peak

BEWARE. In the early 20th century, aspiring American author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who writes in the tradition of Mary Shelley, is charmed by an English aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston); after a tragedy, he takes her to his crumbling mansion… Guillermo del Toro’s stab at a joyously old-fashioned horror movie will delight fans of classics like … Continue reading Crimson Peak

The Martian: Left Behind

BRING HIM HOME.  If you’ve ever been to Wadi Rum in Jordan, you’ve been to Mars. The valley has been Hollywood’s favorite location for movies set on the planet, its red sand and mountains being a perfectly convincing stand-in. That’s Wadi Rum you see in Mission to Mars (2000), Red Planet (2000) and The Last … Continue reading The Martian: Left Behind

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

Take Shelter

When Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) starts having apocalyptic visions and disturbing nightmares, he decides to build a storm shelter in his backyard… but his family worries about his mental health. The director reunites with Shannon after Shotgun Stories (2007) for another independent film, but this time it is one that unites everyday life with the … Continue reading Take Shelter

The Help

CHANGE BEGINS WITH A WHISPER.  In early 1960s Mississippi, young “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer and secretly starts interviewing black maids to find out what their lives are like in the segregated South. Tate Taylor was friends with author Kathryn Stockett, secured the rights to her novel and had a massive … Continue reading The Help

Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

THE GREATEST MANHUNT IN HISTORY. The portrayal of torture in Zero Dark Thirty has sparked a fierce debate, but those Academy members who are boycotting the film tread on thin ice. Perhaps they should reserve their ire for a movie that is clearly guilty of the accusation? Kathryn Bigelow has definitely come out against torture, … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

Lawless

WHEN THE LAW BECAME CORRUPT, OUTLAWS BECAME HEROES.  Three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke), who run a small bootlegging operation in Virginia during Prohibition, are targeted by a corrupt District Attorney and his ruthless enforcer (Guy Pearce). Based on a real-life story, which was chronicled by Jack Bondurant’s grandson Matt in a novel, … Continue reading Lawless