Tag Archives: Luke Wilson

Concussion

EVEN LEGENDS NEED A HERO. In 2002, a Nigerian-American doctor (Will Smith) in Pennsylvania begins looking into the deaths of several former NFL players and discovers a pattern of brain injuries. A drama that wants to be a new The Insider (1999), this time with the NFL, not tobacco companies, as villains. This reality-based film … Continue reading Concussion

The Ridiculous 6

“White Knife” (Adam Sandler), who’s been raised by indians, goes on a quest to save his kidnapped father (Nick Nolte), and runs into one peculiar man after another who turn out to be his brothers… The first movie in a four-picture deal that Sandler made with Netflix was released straight to the streaming service. This … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6

The Skeleton Twins

FAMILY IS A CRUEL JOKE. After trying to kill himself, struggling L.A. actor Milo (Bill Hader) moves in with his estranged sister (Kristen Wiig) and her husband (Luke Wilson) in New York. The director’s second feature was a hit at Sundance and provides a perfect showcase for the two former Saturday Night Live talents in … Continue reading The Skeleton Twins

Around the World in 80 Days

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR. In 1872, inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) wagers that he can travel around the world in 80 days; he’s accompanied by his recently hired manservant (Jackie Chan) who has an agenda of his own. Another adaptation of the Jules Verne perennial, one that takes a lot of liberties but not in a … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days

Death at a Funeral

THIS IS ONE SAD FAMILY. As Aaron Barnes (Chris Rock) is preparing for the funeral of his father, it is gearing up to be a disaster. Only three years after Frank Oz’s hilarious British comedy comes the remake, directed by Neil LaBute who’d already made a mess out of the Wicker Man remake. As it is very close … Continue reading Death at a Funeral

Scream 2

SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SEQUELS ONE STEP TOO FAR. At the same time as “Stab” (the movie version of the murders in Woodsboro) opens, a new killer with a “scream” mask torments the survivors and their friends. It only took a year for the Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson duo to crank out this sequel, but … Continue reading Scream 2

The Family Stone

FEEL THE LOVE.   The Stone family is reunited for Christmas in Connecticut; son Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings his new girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) who becomes anything but a hit. Director Thomas Bezucha’s second film is reminiscent of many other Christmas movies, but it manages to overcome its predictability and turn into a funny, genuine and … Continue reading The Family Stone

3:10 to Yuma

TIME WAITS FOR ONE MAN. When outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is captured, destitute rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is paid to join the group of men who will bring him to a train bound for Yuma prison. Director James Mangold’s remake of the 1957 western classic doesn’t really do anything original that warrants a … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

THIS SUMMER… JUSTICE IS BLONDE. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) goes to Washington to work for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd (Sally Field); her aim is to introduce a bill to ban animal testing. A sequel we could have done without. The formula, a regular person making a difference in the jaded halls of Congress, is old and … Continue reading Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde