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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

RAISED ON THE STREETS. BORN TO BE KING.  Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is transported from Londinium to the sword Excalibur along with other young men as part of King Vortigern’s (Jude Law) attempt to find and kill the rightful heir to the throne. Another fanciful attempt, this time in 3D, to give the King Arthur tale … Continue reading King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

  In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

PRAY FOR MICHAEL SULLIVAN.    There’s a deleted scene in this film where John Rooney (Paul Newman), a local Illinois mob boss, meets with the legendary Al Capone and his closest associate, Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci). Capone is played by Anthony LaPaglia, a very capable actor. In the end, though, director Sam Mendes decided to … Continue reading Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

Side Effects

ONE PILL CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. After a suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a new, experimental drug for Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) who’s battling depression, but it has weird side effects… What starts out as an intriguing look at psychiatry, drugs and depression turns into a standard thriller in its second half, … Continue reading Side Effects

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

New Trailers: Dredd, Anna Karenina, Monsters 2, Django Unchained

Dredd – Judge Dredd (1995) was a poor adaptation of the comic-book character, featuring Sylvester Stallone. This reboot wants to be better, but the trailer looks like another chapter of the Underworld franchise or some similar second-rate series. Not promising. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby in the leads. U.S. premiere: September 21. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy’s novel … Continue reading New Trailers: Dredd, Anna Karenina, Monsters 2, Django Unchained

Hugo: Reinventing Méliès

  When I first saw the previews for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, I was sorely disappointed and thought that these films will hardly be counted among the masters’ greatest. The first one looked awfully sentimental, the other one too kid-oriented. I still haven’t seen War Horse, but boy was I wrong about Hugo. Admittedly, the film … Continue reading Hugo: Reinventing Méliès

Contagion

Nothing spreads like fear.   When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a trip to Hong Kong, she’s caught a cold that quickly turns out to be something much worse – and the start of a global pandemic. A good example of hyperlink cinema, where we are introduced to multiple characters and storylines, a jumbled narrative … Continue reading Contagion

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

As Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) conspires to start a world war by pitting France and Germany against each other, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law) try to outwit him. The two stars are still fun to watch and they’re superbly aided by an appropriately creepy Harris as Moriarty and Stephen Fry … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes

NOTHING ESCAPES HIM.  One of Sherlock Holmes’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) most dangerous enemies, Blackwood (Mark Strong), is finally caught and executed, but that isn’t the last of him. One of the most oft-filmed characters ever invented was brought back for this high-concept take that could have been written by the showrunners of House; the relationship … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes

Closer: Bodies in Motion

IF YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, YOU NEVER STOP LOOKING.   Mike Nichols was lauded for turning Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America” into a great miniseries. It comes as no surprise that the esteemed director subsequently turned his interest to another play, this time a British one, Patrick Marber’s “Closer”. Kushner had … Continue reading Closer: Bodies in Motion