Tag Archives: Russell Crowe

The Insider: Under Pressure

WARNING: EXPOSING THE TRUTH MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  I work for a major newspaper in Scandinavia. That means we are a powerful voice in the Swedish media landscape. But just like every other newspaper or network, we are owned by somebody, in this case a Norwegian corporation. The relationship between us and our owners is complicated, … Continue reading The Insider: Under Pressure

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

The Nice Guys

NICE PAIR.  Los Angeles, 1977; enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) cooperates with a private eye (Ryan Gosling) to find out what happened to a missing girl who doesn’t want to be found. This action-filled mystery-comedy is virtually a companion piece with Shane Black’s earlier Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), one difference being that this one … Continue reading The Nice Guys

Noah

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

Broken City

PROOF CAN BE A POWERFUL WEAPON. Former NYC cop turned private eye Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by Mayor Nicholas Hofstetler (Russell Crowe) to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones); is she being unfaithful? As you might guess, there’s a lot more beneath the surface in the director’s first big picture without his brother … Continue reading Broken City

Man of Steel

I guess everyone who complained about Superman Returns (2006) can shut up now, because this is what the nerd rage led to – a reboot of the franchise in the shape of a 3D blockbuster that spends one hour building a reawakened interest in the genesis story of Superman and then ruins everything with a … Continue reading Man of Steel

Les Misérables

FIGHT. DREAM. HOPE. LOVE. France, 1815; Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who’s spent 19 years in jail for stealing bread, is released and starts a new life… but his nemesis in prison, Javert (Russell Crowe), won’t leave him alone. The first major screen version of the hit musical is primarily for buffs; with almost no spoken … Continue reading Les Misérables

L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT… EVERYONE IS FOR SALE… AND NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.  In the case of L.A. Confidential, success was far from guaranteed. Director Curtis Hanson had made a few formulaic thrillers, screenwriter Brian Helgeland was not an established name in Hollywood and the two stars, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, were mostly known … Continue reading L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

Robin Hood

When King Richard the Lionheart is killed during a battle in France in 1199, the archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his closest men return to England disguised as knights. Director Ridley Scott’s announcement that he’d make a Robin Hood movie was greeted with skepticism. This is one of cinema’s most oft-told tales… but he came … Continue reading Robin Hood

The Next Three Days

WHAT IF YOU HAD 72 HOURS TO SAVE EVERYTHING YOU LIVE FOR? Three years after his wife (Elizabeth Banks) was jailed for life on a murder charge, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) devises a plan to spring her free. A U.S. remake of the French thriller Anything for Her (2008) that makes few changes but is … Continue reading The Next Three Days

State of Play

FIND THE TRUTH. Investigative reporters Cal McAffrey and Della Frye (Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams) look into several deaths that are linked to a House committee hearing chaired by Cal’s old buddy, Representative Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). The British six-hour miniseries has been boiled down to a two-hour movie set in Washington, but that’s not a … Continue reading State of Play