Tag Archives: Mike Newell

Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

IN 1978, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAGED A WAR AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME. ONE MAN WAS LEFT BEHIND THE LINES.  I was just listening to a political debate about Islamic terrorism. One of the participants talked about how intelligence agencies need to do more than just tap phones; they need to put ”boots on the ground” by … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

Love in the Time of Cholera

How long would you wait for love? After failing to marry the woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) he loves, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) decides to wait for her as long as it takes; the following fifty years are devoted to uncomplicated sexual pleasures. This take on Gabriel García Márquez’s widely celebrated novel drew lots of scorn from … Continue reading Love in the Time of Cholera

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

DEFY THE FUTURE. After attacking the sacred city of Alamut, the Persian King is poisoned to death; the adopted prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) is blamed and escapes together with the princess of Alamut (Gemma Arterton). There are times when the visual effects in this adaptation of the video game look dazzling, and the filmmakers have at … Continue reading Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

DARK AND DIFFICULT TIMES LIE AHEAD. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is forced to participate in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament, something that will leave him face to face with Voldemort. That’s right, this fourth installment finally introduces us to the supremely evil arch-enemy, deliciously played by Ralph Fiennes. This chapter also deals with typical, moderately amusing teenage … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Pushing Tin

A COMEDY ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AIRPLANES AND OTHER BUMPY RIDES. Mysterious air-traffic controller Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) gets a job at a New York airport; one of his colleagues, Nick Falzone (John Cusack), “accidentally” sleeps with his wife. The best part of this movie is its both humorous and sober portrayal of life in … Continue reading Pushing Tin