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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

WHO WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE? When Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes spectacularly from his New York prison, both Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) are contacted by the British Ministry of Magic who need their help. It’s only the second movie in this franchise and it’s already marred by convoluted subplots, … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Mortdecai

SOPHISTICATION HAS A NAME. Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp), an art dealer and swindler who owes the U.K. government a lot of money, reluctantly agrees to help inspector Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) find a stolen Goya painting. This adaptation of a novel that’s part of a popular series of comic thrillers was maligned by critics … Continue reading Mortdecai

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who’s being chased by an undead pirate hunter (Javier Bardem), joins forces with the son (Brenton Thwaites) of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in the search for the Trident of Poseidon. The fifth entry in the series, this one also in 3D, has a busy plot but still drags for long stretches… … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.  In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

IN 1978, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAGED A WAR AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME. ONE MAN WAS LEFT BEHIND THE LINES.  I was just listening to a political debate about Islamic terrorism. One of the participants talked about how intelligence agencies need to do more than just tap phones; they need to put ”boots on the ground” by … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

Black Mass

KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSE. In the late 1970s, the FBI makes a deal with up-and-coming Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp); in exchange for information on his rivals, the authorities turn a blind eye to Bulger’s activities. One of the most outrageous cases of corruption, where law enforcement ended up protecting the most dangerous … Continue reading Black Mass

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.  Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes from … Continue reading Into the Woods

The Lone Ranger

NEVER TAKE OFF THE MASK. Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives in Texas in 1869 and is immediately drawn into a hunt for an outlaw (William Fichtner) that ends in tragedy – and a new career for John. The Pirates of the Caribbean crew and star lie behind this blockbuster adaptation of the classic matinée … Continue reading The Lone Ranger

A Nightmare on Elm Street

IF NANCY DOESN’T WAKE UP SCREAMING, SHE DOESN’T WAKE UP AT ALL… The quality of slasher pics improved with this story about Freddy Krueger, a scarred murderer with knives attached to his fingers who has the ability to kill teens in their sleep. The character made Robert Englund famous, his appearance now instantly recognizable, much … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street

Transcendence

WHAT IF A NEW INTELLIGENCE WAS BORN? When brilliant scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is mortally wounded in a terrorist attack, his wife and a colleague (Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into a super computer… with unimaginable consequences. Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directing debut envisions a world where “the singularity”, the moment when artificial … Continue reading Transcendence