Tag Archives: Natalie Portman

Annihilation

FEAR WHAT’S INSIDE.  When a biology professor’s (Natalie Portman) husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home very ill after a mission inside a mysterious shimmering electromagnetic field, she joins a team of three other scientists into the area… After Ex Machina (2015), Alex Garland reunited with Isaac for another ambitious sci-fi thriller, but this time women take … Continue reading Annihilation

The Professional

A PROFESSIONAL HITMAN, AN INNOCENT WITNESS, A CORRUPT DETECTIVE WHO WENT TOO FAR.  New York City hitman Léon Montana (Jean Reno) reluctantly lets a 12-year-old girl (Natalie Portman) into his life after her family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent (Gary Oldman). One of Luc Besson’s most successful films is somewhat related to his … Continue reading The Professional

Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

I WANT THEM TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO JACK.  Chilean director Pablo Larraín was about to make his first American film, but had doubts. He had been offered a biopic about Jackie Kennedy, but didn’t know anything about the Kennedys and the assassination other than what he (and we) had read in newspapers … Continue reading Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

Jane Got a Gun

SHE TURNED TO HER PAST TO PROTECT HER FAMILY. When her husband (Noah Emmerich) comes home with bullet wounds, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) teams up with a neighbor (Joel Edgerton) to fight a criminal gang. A troubled production eventually brought together director Gavin O’Connor and Edgerton (who both worked on Warrior (2011)) and they’ve staged … Continue reading Jane Got a Gun

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

Thor: The Dark World

After the events of The Avengers (2012), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is brought back to Asgard in chains, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth) soon faces another formidable enemy – a dark elf looking for revenge. Helmed by a new director, this sequel to Thor (2011) nevertheless maintains the same tone, successfully blending comedy and action in imaginative, … Continue reading Thor: The Dark World

Your Highness

BEST. QUEST. EVER. When a virgin that his dashing brother (James Franco) is about to marry is kidnapped by a sorcerer, slacker Thadeous (Danny McBride) joins the quest to save her. A fantasy comedy from the Pineapple Express (2008) director who reunites with both Franco and McBride. The movie is wrapped in silliness; some of … Continue reading Your Highness

The Other Boleyn Girl

IN A TIME WHEN A WOMAN’S DESTINY WAS DETERMINED BY HER FATHER, ONE SISTER FOLLOWED THE RULES. THE OTHER DEFIED THEM.  In 1520s England, Queen Catherine is unable to give Henry VIII (Eric Bana) a son and the King’s attention wanders to two beautiful sisters, the Boleyns (Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson)… The story of Anne … Continue reading The Other Boleyn Girl

Thor

TWO WORLDS. ONE HERO. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the hot-headed son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), is banished to Earth, which becomes an opportunity for his brother (Tom Hiddleston) to seize power of Asgard. The fourth film in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe shares ideas and references with its predecessors, and by the time a near-indestructible machine that … Continue reading Thor

Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

  The Wrestler (2008) portrayed an man who suffered for his art; as a professional wrestler he had to torture his body in order to give the audience what it craved. Director Darren Aronofsky considers Black Swan to be a companion piece. The film shares similar themes with The Wrestler, but its main focus doesn’t lie on the painful … Continue reading Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

No Strings Attached

FRIENDSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS.  Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) have casual sex… and decide to make it a regular thing, provided they don’t grow feelings for each other. This movie spends its entire running time teaching Portman’s character that it isn’t possible, or even desirable, to have a long-term friends-with-benefits relationship, but never … Continue reading No Strings Attached

Brothers

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY FAMILY. Marine Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) leaves his wife and children for a tour in Afghanistan; when he’s reported killed, his screw-up brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes almost a surrogate father. This drama has the potential of greatness, but anyone looking for the real deal should check out the original, … Continue reading Brothers

Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years

EVERY GENERATION HAS A LEGEND. EVERY JOURNEY HAS A FIRST STEP. EVERY SAGA HAS A BEGINNING. According to Merriam Webster, the word “anticipation” means among other things “pleasurable expectation”. They might as well have included an image of the poster for this film, the fourth in the Star Wars series, the first in chronological order. George Lucas … Continue reading Star Wars Episode I: Vader’s Boyhood Years