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Thirteen Days

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE HOW CLOSE WE CAME.  In October 1962, White House advisor Kenneth O’Donnell (Kevin Costner) becomes a witness to how President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) challenges a Soviet decision to put missiles in Cuba capable of delivering a nuclear strike on the U.S. The ultimate screen portrait of the Cuban missile crisis … Continue reading Thirteen Days

Hidden Figures

MEET THE WOMEN YOU DON’T KNOW, BEHIND THE MISSION YOU DO.  In 1961, while the Americans try to catch up with the Russians in the space race, three black women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) make great strides at segregated NASA. Indie filmmaker Theodor Melfi, who made St. Vincent (2014), delivered something decidedly … Continue reading Hidden Figures

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

FOR THE GOOD OF ALL MEN, AND THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN, HE FOUGHT TO UPHOLD JUSTICE BY BREAKING THE LAW. After escaping from a prison in Jerusalem, English nobleman Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns home to find the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) ruling over his land… One of the biggest box-office … Continue reading Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The Company Men

BIG BUSINESS JUST CUT THE WRONG GUYS. When a Boston shipbuilding giant starts downsizing, Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) loses his job, but he’s far from the only victim. TV producer and writer John Wells’s feature directing debut is a comment on the Great Recession of 2008, where we follow several white-collar workers and how they … Continue reading The Company Men

3 Days to Kill

Former CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), who’s dying of a tumor, decides to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter (Connie Nielsen, Hailee Steinfeld) in Paris, but is also drawn into another mission. Costner’s attempt to do a Liam Neeson (aided by Taken co-writer Luc Besson) is a clumsy mixture of action and family drama. … Continue reading 3 Days to Kill

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

The Best Two JFKs On Screen

As I’m writing this, exactly 50 years have passed since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and I’m currently watching a ceremony in that city on NBC to commemorate this event. It is a ceremony of mourning in Dealey Plaza, attended by thousands, including the mayor of Dallas and famed historian David McCullough who … Continue reading The Best Two JFKs On Screen

Man of Steel

I guess everyone who complained about Superman Returns (2006) can shut up now, because this is what the nerd rage led to – a reboot of the franchise in the shape of a 3D blockbuster that spends one hour building a reawakened interest in the genesis story of Superman and then ruins everything with a … Continue reading Man of Steel

Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain

ALL HIS LIFE, RAY KINSELLA WAS SEARCHING FOR HIS DREAMS. THEN ONE DAY, HIS DREAMS CAME LOOKING FOR HIM.   One of the very best movies about baseball made a heartfelt case to have the legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It still hasn’t happened though; Jackson remains banned, along … Continue reading Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain