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THE END OF THE WORLD… IS JUST THE BEGINNING. The story of how Noah (Russell Crowe) came to build the ark that saved two of all species from the wrath of God gets its Hollywood blockbuster treatment. Effects-laden, majestic and sometimes completely absurd, director Darren Aronofsky’s film is nevertheless packed with visual treats and a … Continue reading Noah


Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices … Continue reading Rango

Snow White and the Huntsman

When Princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) escapes from the prison cell where her now dead father’s wicked wife (Charlize Theron) put her, the new queen sends a troubled huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) out to catch her. The old fairy tale gets a makeover (released the same year as another version, Mirror Mirror) that should send audiences … Continue reading Snow White and the Huntsman

Hugo: Reinventing Méliès

When I first saw the previews for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, I was sorely disappointed and thought that these films will hardly be counted among the masters’ greatest. The first one looked awfully sentimental, the other one too kid-oriented. I still haven’t seen War Horse, but boy was I wrong about Hugo. Admittedly, the film is … Continue reading Hugo: Reinventing Méliès

Fool’s Gold

THIS FEBRUARY LOVE TAKES A DIVE. Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) is about to divorce her treasure-hunting husband (Matthew McConaughey), but when new clues to a legendary deep-sea gold stash surface, the proceedings are put on hold. Many critics seemed to loathe this breezy adventure, but there’s no reason. Admittedly, it is a thin and somewhat messy … Continue reading Fool’s Gold


Pride is the curse. In 6th century Denmark, the monster Grendel crashes a party at a castle and kills a lot of people; the king (Anthony Hopkins) hires a warrior called Beowulf (Ray Winstone) to destroy him. After The Polar Express (2004), director Robert Zemeckis made another film with performance capture technology; the results are a slight improvement. … Continue reading Beowulf

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In 1957, Indy (Harrison Ford) and his old buddy Mac (Ray Winstone) run into Soviet agents in Nevada where they are forced to locate a highly magnetic crate for them. The fourth Indiana Jones movie was the most anticipated cinematic event of the year. Ford may be in his 60s, the script may be silly … Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

King Arthur

RULE YOUR FATE. Sometime in the 5th century, Sarmatian warrior Arthur (Clive Owen) and his men are given one final mission by Rome, to save a priest’s family from the Saxons. Written and scored by Gladiator collaborators, this film wants to be the definitive version of the King Arthur tale, placing it in locations that … Continue reading King Arthur

The Departed: Keeping Your Enemy Closer

LIES. BETRAYAL. SACRIFICE. HOW FAR WILL YOU TAKE IT?   When I went to see this movie with a friend the other night, his expectations were not too high. Martin Scorsese had, in his mind, not made a truly great film since Casino (1995). As the closing credits rolled and we left the theater, my friend had … Continue reading The Departed: Keeping Your Enemy Closer