Tag Archives: Michael Gambon

Johnny English Strikes Again

HIS LICENCE RENEWED. HIS INTELLIGENCE RESTRICTED. When British intelligence is hacked and all active agents exposed, the government is forced to spring one of their old talents, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), back into action. The third part in this franchise came many years after the second one and makes a sometimes amusing point out of … Continue reading Johnny English Strikes Again

Angels in America: Love and Suffering

THE MESSENGER HAS ARRIVED. In the early 2000s, the AIDS epidemic had not been portrayed on TV and in movies in a fully satisfying way. There were respectable attempts, such as Philadelphia (1993) and the TV movie And the Band Played On (1993), but they also faced criticism for various reasons. It seemed as if … Continue reading Angels in America: Love and Suffering

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

REPORTS OF MY DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED.  After a deadly attack on the Kingsman organization, Eggsy and Merlin (Taron Egerton, Mark Strong) are the only survivors, but when they contact the American branch they learn that a dearly departed associate is actually alive… The sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) shows Matthew Vaughn … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Paddington 2

IT TAKES A BEAR TO CATCH A THIEF.  Paddington the bear has created a nice life for himself with the Brown family, but everything changes the day he is accused of having stolen a peculiar pop-up book of London sights…. A sequel that does everything right and maintains the same cheerful, kind and funny spirit … Continue reading Paddington 2

Paddington

A LITTLE BEAR WILL MAKE A BIG SPLASH.  After an earthquake makes him homeless, a young marmalade-loving bear makes his way from Peru to London where he’s temporarily cared for by the Brown family. The perennial childhood favorite Paddington makes his way to the big screen in a jolly, enthusiastic and very British adventure likely … Continue reading Paddington

Victoria & Abdul

HISTORY’S MOST UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP. In 1887, Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) is one of two men hired to deliver a ceremonial gift to Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) in England; the ruler becomes fascinated by Abdul and makes him her spiritual guide… Dench returned to the part of Queen Victoria after playing her in Mrs. … Continue reading Victoria & Abdul

The Insider: Under Pressure

WARNING: EXPOSING THE TRUTH MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  I work for a major newspaper in Scandinavia. That means we are a powerful voice in the Swedish media landscape. But just like every other newspaper or network, we are owned by somebody, in this case a Norwegian corporation. The relationship between us and our owners is complicated, … Continue reading The Insider: Under Pressure

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

1066: The Conquest We Never See Onscreen

I recently finished a book called “The Norman Conquest” by Marc Morris, a riveting account of the most famous invasion of what is now the British Isles, one that changed England’s history fundamentally. I didn’t know much about this period. As a school kid, I had been made to understand that the Battle of Hastings … Continue reading 1066: The Conquest We Never See Onscreen

The Book of Eli

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. Some time after a nuclear catastrophe, Eli (Denzel Washington) arrives in a small town run by Carnegie’s (Gary Oldman) vicious gang; when they learn that Eli has a very powerful book they do everything to grab it. The Hughes Brothers’ first movie in … Continue reading The Book of Eli