Tag Archives: Melissa Leo

21 Grams

HOW MUCH DOES LIFE WEIGH? Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first American film begins with complete chaos; pieces of the puzzle are thrown at us and slowly we put it together, realizing what the three main characters (a man in need of a new heart, a former convict who’s found religion, and a woman with a … Continue reading 21 Grams

Snowden

ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.  In 2013, former NSA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) clandestinely meet with two journalists and a documentary filmmaker in Hong Kong to tell them the story of why he decided to expose the U.S. government’s wide-ranging surveillance of citizens. We already have Laura Poitras’s documentary … Continue reading Snowden

All the Way

POLITICS IS WAR. Shortly after swearing the oath in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) begins the struggle to get the Civil Rights Act passed, trying to please both Dixiecrats and African-American voters. Recount and Game Change director Jay Roach was the right person to bring the successful play to television. In spite … Continue reading All the Way

London Has Fallen

THE WORLD’S LEADERS HAVE ASSEMBLED. SO HAVE THEIR ENEMIES. When world leaders, including U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), gather in London for the funeral of the British prime minister, terrorists attack the city in full force. The director’s first American film is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and it’s just as preposterous. … Continue reading London Has Fallen

The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Brad Pitt must think Michael Lewis is a genius. Perhaps he is. Lewis is the financial journalist who wrote “Moneyball”, a book about a baseball manager who used statistics to win games, and “The Big Short”, about the housing bubble that sent the world into the Great Recession of 2008. … Continue reading The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

The Equalizer

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME? When retired government operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) tries to help a prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) that he has befriended, he makes dangerous enemies in the shape of Russian mobsters. A clichéd adaptation of the 1985-1989 TV series that featured Edward Woodward as a gentlemanly but … Continue reading The Equalizer

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

EVERYONE HAS A BAD DAY. HENRY HAS ONE EVERY DAY. When the hot-tempered Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is told that he has a brain aneurysm, he provokes the exhausted doctor (Mila Kunis) to the degree that she tells him he only has 90 minutes left to live. This remake of the Israeli movie The 92 … Continue reading The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Prisoners

EVERY MOMENT MATTERS. When two young girls disappear in a small town, police come up with a suspect (Paul Dano) but not enough to build a case; one of the girls’ father (Hugh Jackman) refuses to accept it. Director Denis Villeneuve’s first American film is a thriller that explores the horror of losing a child … Continue reading Prisoners

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

FOR JUSTICE. FOR LOYALTY. FOR FRIENDSHIP.  When Melquiades Estrada (Julio César Cedillo) is accidentally shot in Texas, his good friend Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) honors a vow and takes his body back to Mexico to bury him in a small town… but he also takes the man (Pepper) who killed him along for the … Continue reading The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada