Tag Archives: John Malkovich

Zoolander 2

LONG TIME NO Z. Former fashion icons Zoolander and Hansel (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson) are reunited after many years to help Interpol find out who’s assassinating pop stars. This belated sequel does everything wrong, even though it closely imitates the original by adding an abundance of cameos and inventing another outlandish plot involving fashion super-villains. … Continue reading Zoolander 2

Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

LUST. SEDUCTION. REVENGE. THE GAME AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT PLAYED BEFORE.  In 1782, four volumes of the epistolary novel ”Les Liaisons Dangereuses” were published in France. Written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the novel depicts scandalous sexual intrigues among aristocrats and has been seen as a politically dangerous morality tale of the behavior of … Continue reading Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

Con Air

ONE WRONG FLIGHT CAN RUIN YOUR WHOLE DAY. Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage), who’s about to be released from prison, is transported on an airplane carrying some of the nation’s worst criminals; in midair, the plane is hijacked by a group of them. Another bombastic action movie that attracted huge audiences just like The Rock (1996). … Continue reading Con Air

Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

FROM THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, COMES THE STORY ABOUT THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.  In 1994, Jonathan Demme bought the rights to journalist Susan Orlean’s book ”The Orchid Thief”, where she investigated the arrest of John Laroche who was dealing illegally in rare plants. Neither she nor Demme could have predicted what … Continue reading Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

Penguins of Madagascar

THE MOVIE EVENT THAT WILL BLOW THEIR COVER. The four penguins from the Madagascar movies break into Fort Knox and face an enemy from the past whose name they can’t for the life of them remember. The wonderfully enterprising penguins already had a TV series of their own, but this 3D spin-off stands independently. Their … Continue reading Penguins of Madagascar

Red 2

THE BEST NEVER REST. Just as he’s settling down with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) once again finds himself in danger; soon, they’re both joining old friends in the search for a mysterious Cold War-era weapon. This sequel to Red (2010) pales a bit in comparison and begins to resemble an Expendables movie, … Continue reading Red 2

Red

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE.  Former CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is targeted by a team of killers, but escapes; he subsequently gathers old pros and goes after those responsible for the attack. This adaptation of a graphic novel may lack the kind of visual flair that most have, and it also has a … Continue reading Red

Secretariat

THE IMPOSSIBLE TRUE STORY. In the late 1960s, Colorado housewife Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father’s (Scott Glenn) thoroughbred racing operation in Virginia even though it’s a huge gamble. Another well-made Disney movie about a real-life success story from the world of sports (not unlike Miracle (2004)) that has good performances, … Continue reading Secretariat

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When Optimus Prime’s old mentor is pulled out of a wreck on the moon and brought back to life, the Decepticons unexpectedly find another chance to strike at mankind. The third chapter in this series boasts the finest 3D effects since Avatar (2009)… but little else. Michael Bay once agreed that he had made mistakes with the second … Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Burn After Reading

INTELLIGENCE IS RELATIVE. When a CIA analyst (John Malkovich) is fired, he decides to write a book… but the consequences are deadly for some of Washington’s dumbest citizens. This is the Coen brothers having a little fun after winning Oscars for No Country for Old Men (2007). Their story about dirty deals and paranoia in the nation’s capital is well … Continue reading Burn After Reading

In the Line of Fire: Fighting Kennedy’s Ghost

AN ASSASSIN ON THE LOOSE. A PRESIDENT IN DANGER. ONLY ONE MAN STANDS BETWEEN THEM. The original trailer for this film was an exercise in poor taste and preview audiences reacted harshly against it. It had the date “November 22, 1963” written in large letters, followed by John Malkovich’s character talking about killing the president. … Continue reading In the Line of Fire: Fighting Kennedy’s Ghost