Tag Archives: Mark Ruffalo

Thor: Ragnarok

NO HAMMER. NO PROBLEM.  After being imprisoned by a fire demon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) learns that Asgard is about to be destroyed and the one responsible will be his sister, Odin’s firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The third film in the franchise has Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) colliding on a faraway planet and then teaming … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

Now You See Me 2

REAPPEARING JUNE 10. The members of the Horsemen are still in hiding, but when they’re assigned a new case by the secret society of magicians that they’re now part of, everything changes. I have no idea why anyone would ask for a sequel to a rather anonymous heist thriller in the first place, but here … Continue reading Now You See Me 2

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

The clip above is Mark Ruffalo on his iPhone, sending a message from a movie set in London to a group of Hollywood figures urging Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. It is so easy to make fun of this group. Last month several members of what you might call this liberal … Continue reading Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

BASED ON THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY. [youtube=http://youtu.be/8361stZ8n0w&w=540&h=320]   “I think all comedians are dark”, said director Bennett Miller during a press conference at this year’s Cannes film festival, where his film Foxcatcher was screened. This is no surprise. After all, it’s only been a few months since Robin Williams committed suicide. Even those, perhaps especially … Continue reading Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

My Emmy Predictions 2014

[youtube=http://youtu.be/SdM6JKbAauI&w=540&h=320] In the clip above, Uzo Aduba faces the press after winning her Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy for Orange is the New Black at the Creative Arts Emmys last night. In those Guest Actor categories, Jimmy Fallon also won the male equivalent for a comedy series for hosting Saturday Night Live. In the drama category, Allison Janney … Continue reading My Emmy Predictions 2014

Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

It’s been a week since this year’s Comic-Con ended in San Diego, but it is such a prominent event every year now that it simply can’t be ignored. Just like last year, here’s a list of what I found thrilling: [youtube=http://youtu.be/t-f6U-jZfrs&w=540&h=320] The Avengers reunite We’re all excited by the upcoming sequel to The Avengers, although few are … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

The Normal Heart

TO WIN A WAR YOU HAVE TO START ONE. [youtube=http://youtu.be/QXl_mat0ef0&w=540&h=320]   In 1981, New York City writer Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) talks to a physician (Julia Roberts) who’s doing research on what is then known as “gay cancer”; he also tries to get a gay New York Times reporter (Matt Bomer) to write about it. … Continue reading The Normal Heart

Now You See Me

4 AMAZING MAGICIANS. 3 IMPOSSIBLE HEISTS. 1 BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS NO ILLUSION. Four brilliant magicians seemingly rob a bank in Paris during one of their Las Vegas shows and showers the audience with money from the vault; FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assigned the case. Another heist movie with lots of tricks … Continue reading Now You See Me

Kids Are All Right: Moms, Meet Dad

NIC AND JULES HAD THE PERFECT FAMILY, UNTIL THEY MET THE MAN WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE.  [youtube=http://youtu.be/bdDSqgZ87fM&w=540&h=320]   It took forever, but then it all seemed to change in a few months. Suddenly, Americans adopted a more positive attitude toward the idea of rainbow families. President Barack Obama coming out in favor of gay … Continue reading Kids Are All Right: Moms, Meet Dad

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

Avengers: The Smashing Six

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. [youtube=http://youtu.be/NPoHPNeU9fc&w=540&h=320] Sometimes it is true that good things happen to good people. Joss Whedon may have had a few misses behind him, but Hollywood knows deep inside that this is the guy who made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse work so well. He’s also a huge fan of “The Avengers” as … Continue reading Avengers: The Smashing Six