Tag Archives: Jim Broadbent

The Legend of Tarzan

A NEW THREAT AWAITS. In the late 19th century, an English nobleman (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to the Congo that he left behind a long time ago on a mission to investigate suspected Belgian slave trade. Tarzan has returned to the big screen many times before, and in different shapes; this 3D adventure doesn’t change the … Continue reading The Legend of Tarzan

Brooklyn

TWO COUNTRIES, TWO LOVES, ONE HEART. In 1952, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) leaves Ireland for New York City and settles in at a boardinghouse in Brooklyn, where she also finds a job… and a potential Italian boyfriend (Emory Cohen). A heartfelt look at the Irish-American immigrant experience through the eyes of a young woman who … Continue reading Brooklyn

Crying Game: The Gal With a Secret

PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.  In the beginning, this film had a hard time finding an audience in Britain. Opening in October 1992, London had suffered unusually many terrorist attacks and neither the press nor the public seemed willing to accept a sympathetic portrait of an IRA terrorist. When The Crying Game opened in the … Continue reading Crying Game: The Gal With a Secret

They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Red carpets are being rolled out, female stars are deciding which fashion giants to promote, and big Oscar statues outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles are getting their last golden polish. The 87th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday and I feel confident that host Neil Patrick Harris will do an excellent job. After … Continue reading They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

NUCLEAR POWER. IN THE BEST HANDS, IT IS DANGEROUS. IN THE HANDS OF LEX LUTHOR, IT IS PURE EVIL. THIS IS SUPERMAN’S GREATEST BATTLE. AND IT IS FOR ALL OF US.  Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and creates a powerful new enemy for Superman (Christopher Reeve) with a little help from one of … Continue reading Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Arthur Christmas

ALL ELF BREAKS LOOSE.    Delivering Santa’s presents is a huge hi-tech operation involving hundreds of elves, but when Santa’s youngest son discovers that one of the presents was mistakenly not delivered he sets out on a mission. An animated 3D adventure that combines the financial and creative powers of one British studio and one … Continue reading Arthur Christmas

24 Best Christmas Movies, Part 2:4

One week into December. This is one of my favourite months and what better way to get into the spirit than watching classic Christmas movies? I have assembled a list of 24 Yuletide favorites – and ranked them from worst to best. Mind you, worst in this case means that they are still good, just not … Continue reading 24 Best Christmas Movies, Part 2:4

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

The Young Victoria

LOVE RULES ALL. In the late 1830s, young Princess Victoria (Emily Blunt) is preparing to assume the British throne, but faces constant manipulation from her mother and her uncle, the King of Belgium. Or, How Queen Victoria found her groove. This project, which came about after a meeting between the Duchess of York and producer … Continue reading The Young Victoria

Around the World in 80 Days

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR. In 1872, inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) wagers that he can travel around the world in 80 days; he’s accompanied by his recently hired manservant (Jackie Chan) who has an agenda of his own. Another adaptation of the Jules Verne perennial, one that takes a lot of liberties but not in a … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days

The Iron Lady

NEVER COMPROMISE. Phyllida Lloyd reunited with her Mamma Mia! star Meryl Streep for a biopic that shares the same problem as a similar movie from that year, J. Edgar. Both try to cram fragments from a fascinating, very eventful life into one neat package and end up with a simple history lesson that is unsatisfactory on a personal … Continue reading The Iron Lady

The Hit

WILLIE PARKER GRASSED… TEN YEARS LATER THEY CAME FOR THEIR REVENGE.  In 1972, Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) testified in court against his gangster companions and moved to Spain; a decade later he’s kidnapped by two men (John Hurt, Tim Roth) who work for Willie’s vengeful former partners. One of director Stephen Frears’s earliest films is … Continue reading The Hit