Tag Archives: Miranda Otto

The Homesman

In the 19th century Nebraska Territory, spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) volunteers to transport three women who have lost their minds back east, and enlists the help of a man (Tommy Lee Jones) she saves from being hanged. A genre-bending Western from Jones who succeeds in combining immense pain in the story with a sense … Continue reading The Homesman

Return of the King: At Journey’s End

THIS CHRISTMAS THE JOURNEY ENDS. So, we’re at journey’s end. Peter Jackson’s final chapter of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was hailed at the 2004 Academy Awards and many chose to see the overwhelming praise as some kind of summary reward for the whole trilogy. So do I, because there’s nothing in this film … Continue reading Return of the King: At Journey’s End

The Two Towers: Pillars of Evil

A NEW POWER IS RISING. So here’s the middle child of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. A middle child is likely to feel like they never get any attention from the parents, but this one is equal to the others. It’s just as grand. It’s just as exciting. And it’s just as intelligent. … Continue reading The Two Towers: Pillars of Evil

What Lies Beneath

HE WAS THE PERFECT HUSBAND UNTIL HIS ONE MISTAKE FOLLOWED THEM HOME. Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) discovers that she and hubby Norman (Harrison Ford) live in a haunted house; learning who the ghost is puts both her marriage and life at risk. This terrifying ghost story has its benefits. The stars make a likable couple, … Continue reading What Lies Beneath

War of the Worlds

THEY’RE ALREADY HERE. When tripods taller than buildings suddenly burst out from under the ground and start blasting everything and everyone to pieces, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) grabs his kids and runs for dear life. The second big-screen Hollywood adaptation of the old H.G. Wells classic is largely faithful, displaying both the strengths and weaknesses of … Continue reading War of the Worlds