Tag Archives: Keira Knightley

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

Everest

NEVER LET GO.  In May 1996, several teams are trying to reach the Mount Everest summit, but they are not prepared for a blizzard that will test them severely. A film that draws inspiration from several sources, including journalist Jon Krakauer who was there during one of the deadliest Everest seasons ever and lived to … Continue reading Everest

Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

BEHIND EVERY CODE IS AN ENIGMA.   The title refers to a paper that the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing wrote in 1950 where he introduced his now-famous test of a machine’s ability to imitate a human being’s intelligent behavior. The test is performed only through text, with questions and answers, and if the judge of … Continue reading Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

The Duchess

THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN HER MARRIAGE. In the late 1700s, Georgiana (Keira Knightley) marries the terminally cold Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes); when she befriends Lady Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell), she has no idea how it will change her marriage… The real-life story of an ancestor to Princess Diana has similarities to her situation … Continue reading The Duchess

A Dangerous Method

BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF JUNG, FREUD AND THE PATIENT WHO CAME BETWEEN THEM.  In the early 1900s, doctor Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a hysterical patient (Keira Knightley) and seeks advice from the influential Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Christopher Hampton, the man who gave us “Dangerous Liaisons”, dives back into the darker … Continue reading A Dangerous Method

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

TRUST NO ONE. Young Afghanistan War veteran Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is recruited by the CIA to work covertly in a Wall Street company, but suddenly this analyst is turned into an operative and sent to Moscow on a mission. A reboot of Tom Clancy’s character that tries to turn Jack Ryan into Jason Bourne. … Continue reading Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Never Let Me Go

In a world where clones are raised to become organ donors, three of them try to come to grips with that inevitable fact – as well as the feelings they have for each other. Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopia gets a respectable but perhaps overly solemn treatment by the One Hour Photo (2002) director. A very interesting … Continue reading Never Let Me Go

Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years

EVERY GENERATION HAS A LEGEND. EVERY JOURNEY HAS A FIRST STEP. EVERY SAGA HAS A BEGINNING. According to Merriam Webster, the word “anticipation” means among other things “pleasurable expectation”. They might as well have included an image of the poster for this film, the fourth in the Star Wars series, the first in chronological order. George Lucas … Continue reading Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years

Atonement: The Sins of Childhood

YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE TRUTH. Walking into the press screening of director Joe Wright’s latest effort, and not having read Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, I had no idea what to expect. I thought the film might be something along the lines of his last movie, Pride & Prejudice (2005), which also starred Keira Knightley. As I … Continue reading Atonement: The Sins of Childhood

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

AT THE END OF THE WORLD, THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is rescued from limbo, but our heroes have dangerous enemies to fight in order to preserve a future for the pirates of the Caribbean. The third chapter of this bombastic series is ridiculously protracted and there are many scenes where not even … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

King Arthur

RULE YOUR FATE. Sometime in the 5th century, Sarmatian warrior Arthur (Clive Owen) and his men are given one final mission by Rome, to save a priest’s family from the Saxons. Written and scored by Gladiator collaborators, this film wants to be the definitive version of the King Arthur tale, placing it in locations that … Continue reading King Arthur