Tag Archives: Paul Bettany

Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  This year has seen two epic superhero movies, crafted by the film studios of rivaling comic-book powerhouses Marvel and DC Comics. The first one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was generally scorned, while Captain America: Civil War is getting a lot of praise. In both films, we see … Continue reading Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

It’s been a week since this year’s Comic-Con ended in San Diego, but it is such a prominent event every year now that it simply can’t be ignored. Just like last year, here’s a list of what I found thrilling: The Avengers reunite We’re all excited by the upcoming sequel to The Avengers, although few are as … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

Transcendence

WHAT IF A NEW INTELLIGENCE WAS BORN? When brilliant scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is mortally wounded in a terrorist attack, his wife and a colleague (Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into a super computer… with unimaginable consequences. Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directing debut envisions a world where “the singularity”, the moment when artificial … Continue reading Transcendence

Dogville

A QUIET LITTLE TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE.   The residents of Dogville, Colorado, agree to offer runaway Grace (Nicole Kidman) sanctuary, with discomforting consequences. Lars von Trier’s first part of a planned trilogy about the U.S. was shot entirely on a soundstage with white stripes standing in for the buildings of Dogville (and the … Continue reading Dogville

Priest

THE WAR IS ETERNAL. HIS MISSION IS JUST THE BEGINNING. When Priest (Paul Bettany), who’s part of the elite warriors who won a war between humans and vampires, tries to warn the leaders of the current worldwide theocracy that the bloodsuckers are back, no one believes him. The man behind Legion (2010) turns the South Korean … Continue reading Priest

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

The Tourist

The perfect trip – the perfect trap. On a train to Venice, an American math teacher (Johnny Depp) meets a beautiful woman (Angelina Jolie) and is drawn into the Scotland Yard’s hunt for her mysterious lover. This remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer (2005) was the director’s first American project and he ends up … Continue reading The Tourist

The Young Victoria

LOVE RULES ALL. In the late 1830s, young Princess Victoria (Emily Blunt) is preparing to assume the British throne, but faces constant manipulation from her mother and her uncle, the King of Belgium. Or, How Queen Victoria found her groove. This project, which came about after a meeting between the Duchess of York and producer … Continue reading The Young Victoria

Legion

WHEN THE LAST ANGEL FALLS, THE FIGHT FOR MANKIND BEGINS. When God sends angels to destroy mankind, the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) falls to Earth and tries to save the humans from God’s wrath. The visual effects are of inferior quality, which is particularly damning in a few sequences that become unintentionally comical. The cast … Continue reading Legion

Avengers: The Smashing Six

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Sometimes it is true that good things happen to good people. Joss Whedon may have had a few misses behind him, but Hollywood knows deep inside that this is the guy who made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse work so well. He’s also a huge fan of “The Avengers” as a … Continue reading Avengers: The Smashing Six

The Da Vinci Code

SEEK THE TRUTH. When American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) arrives in Paris for a lecture, the police need his help to interpret mysterious symbols surrounding a dead body found in the Louvre. The novel and its “revelations” kicked up a storm among Christians, but this adaptation won’t. Talky and overlong, it is hardly a labor … Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

Margin Call

Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.   The last thing risk management analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) does before he’s fired from a Manhattan investment bank is hand a colleague (Zachary Quinto) a USB drive containing a project that he was working on; it turns out to be pure dynamite. In this independently produced drama, … Continue reading Margin Call