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My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started dominating the global box office, superheroes have become a safe bet. You may say you’ve grown tired of the genre, but it’s made important cultural advances over the years. They have become more inclusive when it comes to women and minorities, even if the safe basic formulas  really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Little Women

SAVE A PLACE IN YOUR HEART FOR THE UNFORGETTABLE STORY OF THESE LITTLE WOMEN. Gillian Armstrong’s most successful Hollywood project is one of the best adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, portraying a Massachusetts family of four sisters during and after the Civil War, primarily focusing on Jo (Winona Ryder) who wants to be a … Continue reading Little Women

Midnight Special

HE’S NOT LIKE US.  Roy Tomlin (Michael Shannon) are on the run together with his friend (Joel Edgerton) and eight-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who has special, awesome powers… which is also a reason why a cult and government agencies are after them. Jeff Nichols continues to impress with a sci-fi thriller echoing Close Encounters of … Continue reading Midnight Special

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

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Bachelorette

When Becky (Rebel Wilson) announces to everybody’s surprise that she’s getting married, three cynical friends (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) gather in New York City for a bachelorette party. On the surface this comedy may look like another Hangover (2009) or Bridesmaids (2011), but the formula is less obvious, the palette is darker and … Continue reading Bachelorette

The Bling Ring

LIVING THE DREAM, ONE HEIST AT A TIME. Following themes from her earlier films Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010), director Sofia Coppola was inspired by the 2008-2009 “Bling Ring” burglaries where Hollywood homes of the rich and famous, including Paris Hilton, were targeted by starstruck teenagers. While just as shallow in its depiction of … Continue reading The Bling Ring

Melancholia

As a giant planet called Melancholia may or may not collide with Earth, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is about to get married but is overcome with depression. In Lars von Trier’s perhaps most obvious attempt to tackle his personal experiences of depression onscreen, he does it in the shape of a moody disaster movie. Divided into two … Continue reading Melancholia

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

HE’S ACROSS THE POND, AND OUT OF HIS DEPTH. British reporter Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is hired by a NYC celebrity magazine, but he realizes that nothing will come to him cheaply and that he must learn how to play the game. Loosely based on Toby Young’s hit memoir of his experiences in the publishing … Continue reading How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

The Cat’s Meow

THE WHISPER TOLD MOST OFTEN. In 1924, a group of famous Hollywood personalities gather for a trip on William Randolph Hearst’s (Edward Herrmann) yacht; movie director Thomas Ince (Cary Elwes) is subsequently shot. No one really knows what took place on that yacht, but writer Steven Peros has fashioned an interesting tale based on the … Continue reading The Cat’s Meow

Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories

YOU CAN ERASE SOMEONE FROM YOUR MIND. GETTING THEM OUT OF YOUR HEART IS ANOTHER STORY. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman must have been pretty happy with his work after the success of Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002). His friend Pierre Bismuth, a performance artist, had also given him an idea for another screenplay that would play around with … Continue reading Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories

Mona Lisa Smile

IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE. In 1953, new arts history teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) arrives at the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts and tries to make her female students consider a career, not just marriage. A movie in the vein of Dead Poets Society (1989), … Continue reading Mona Lisa Smile

Elizabethtown

IT’S A HECK OF A PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF. Terminated shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) goes to Kentucky to bury his father; in this time of crisis, he stays in touch with a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). It’s obvious that director Cameron Crowe is emotionally invested in this story, but somehow he doesn’t get … Continue reading Elizabethtown