Tag Archives: Robert Zemeckis

Allied

THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied

Contact

A MESSAGE FROM DEEP SPACE. WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO GO? A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE. When Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) suddenly hears a signal coming from the star Vega while working for a program that is exploring extraterrestrial life, the U.S. government quickly takes control of this historic event. Based … Continue reading Contact

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Romancing the Stone

SHE’S A GIRL FROM THE BIG CITY. HE’S A RECKLESS SOLDIER OF FORTUNE. FOR A FABULOUS TREASURE, THEY SHARE AN ADVENTURE NO ONE COULD IMAGINE… OR SURVIVE.    New York City romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) goes to Colombia to help her sister who’s been kidnapped, and gets unexpected aid from a bird smuggler (Michael … Continue reading Romancing the Stone

Flight

  When a flight to Atlanta crashes in a field, Captain “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington) gets credit for saving so many lives… but a toxicology screen at the hospital shows that he was drunk. Robert Zemeckis’s first non-animated film in 12 years is a compelling drama about alcoholism anchored by a very strong performance by … Continue reading Flight

A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol

Forrest Gump: The Curious Case of an Alabama Simpleton

THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME ONCE YOU’VE SEEN IT THROUGH THE EYES OF FORREST GUMP. I never did think about Forrest Gump when I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a few months ago, but many others did and one of them even produced a trailer of his own showing the similarities between the movies. It … Continue reading Forrest Gump: The Curious Case of an Alabama Simpleton

Beowulf

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

Cast Away: Me, Myself & Wilson

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, HIS JOURNEY BEGINS. We’ve all watched too many episodes of Survivor to have a realistic image of what it would be like to be stranded on a deserted island. This film, reuniting director Robert Zemeckis with his Forrest Gump star, takes a realistic look at a potentially romantic situation and reveals its horrors. … Continue reading Cast Away: Me, Myself & Wilson

The Polar Express

Journey beyond your imagination. Late on Christmas Eve, a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa anymore wakes up to see the Polar Express just outside his house; it’s headed for Santa’s home. The first film to be made entirely with performance capture animation, but results are so-so. The action sequences are lively and thrilling and the … Continue reading The Polar Express

Back to the Future Part III

THEY’VE SAVED THE BEST TRIP FOR LAST… BUT THIS TIME THEY MAY HAVE GONE TOO FAR.   Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is stuck in 1885 and will be murdered, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) learns, unless he can travel back in time from 1955 and warn the good Doc. The final chapter in this time-traveling trilogy … Continue reading Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part II

GETTING BACK WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Immediately upon returning from 1955, Marty and Doc Brown (Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd) go to 2015 in order to stop disastrous events from ruining the future for Marty’s family. Director Robert Zemeckis portrays the future in an artificial and silly way without the kind of love and credibility that … Continue reading Back to the Future Part II