Tag Archives: Oliver Platt

A Time to Kill

A LAWYER AND HIS ASSISTANT FIGHTING TO SAVE A FATHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. A TIME TO QUESTION WHAT THEY BELIEVE. A TIME TO DOUBT WHAT THEY TRUST. AND NO TIME FOR MISTAKES.  Young Mississippi attorney Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) takes a case where a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stands accused of having murdered … Continue reading A Time to Kill

Chef

STARTING FROM SCRATCH NEVER TASTED SO GOOD.   After a public meltdown involving Twitter and a hostile food critic, California chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) decides to start over in Miami – with a food truck. The Iron Man movies made the director rich and famous, but this low-budget comedy is more satisfying, as we … Continue reading Chef

Bulworth

BRACE YOURSELF. THIS POLITICIAN IS ABOUT TO TELL THE TRUTH! Running for re-election in 1996, liberal California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty) decides that this is the time to have a breakdown and start telling the truth. In this comedy, Beatty finds an opportunity to tell the world what’s wrong with U.S. politics, attacking … Continue reading Bulworth

Please Give

One of director Nicole Holofcener’s most successful ensemble pieces is low-key but charming, funny and even moving, featuring characters that behave like real people. It’s a perfect marriage between perceptive writing and gifted acting; the entire cast is wonderful, but Catherine Keener is the standout as a New York City furniture dealer who doesn’t know … Continue reading Please Give

Year One

MEET YOUR ANCESTORS. Zed and Oh (Jack Black, Michael Cera), a hunter and a gatherer, are banished from their tribe and embark on an adventure that leads them to the city of Sodom. With Judd Apatow serving as a co-producer, this ancient-times comedy naturally offers male buddies in the leads and various jokes about bodily functions. … Continue reading Year One

The Ice Harvest

THICK THIEVES. THIN ICE. It’s Christmas in Wichita and a lawyer and a businessman (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) are preparing to leave town after having stolen $2 million of a gangster’s money. A lot of talented people gathered for this violent, bloody comedy. The cast is excellent, with very appropriate roles for Cusack, Thornton, Randy … Continue reading The Ice Harvest

X-Men: First Class

THE STORY BEGINS. This attempt to jump-start the franchise by taking it in a new direction tells the story of how the young Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) learned how to use their powers and collaborate until they realized that their perceptions of the human race clashed a little too much. Matthew … Continue reading X-Men: First Class

Love and Other Drugs

At the same time as incorrigible womanizer Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is learning how to be a good salesman for Pfizer, he’s also hitting on a 26-year-old Parkinson’s patient (Anne Hathaway) who is less than impressed. The filmmakers took Jamie Reidy’s non-fiction account of those days in the late 1990s when Viagra seduced the pharmaceutical … Continue reading Love and Other Drugs

2012

WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. Bill Condon, the man who once made a dreary sequel to Candyman (1992), has grown into quite a sophisticated filmmaker. He prepared for this film by interviewing the old colleagues of Alfred Kinsey’s, much like the noted biologist himself had conducted interviews in preparation of his two books on sexuality in … Continue reading Kinsey: Sex and the Professor