Tag Archives: Sam Neill

The Commuter

LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. On the same day that he’s fired, insurance salesman Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is approached by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) on his commute home; she has a strange but lucrative offer… The fourth collaboration between Neeson and the director is an appealing thriller with a Hitchcock vibe that largely … Continue reading The Commuter

Thor: Ragnarok

NO HAMMER. NO PROBLEM.  After being imprisoned by a fire demon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) learns that Asgard is about to be destroyed and the one responsible will be his sister, Odin’s firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The third film in the franchise has Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) colliding on a faraway planet and then teaming … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

And Then There Were None

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S DARKEST THRILLER.  In 1939, ten strangers are invited to a mansion on a remote island off the coast of Devon; none of them knows who their mystery host is, but soon the murders begin… Another adaptation of the oft-filmed Agatha Christie classic, but this miniseries must be ranked as one of the best. … Continue reading And Then There Were None

Escape Plan

NO ONE BREAKS OUT ALONE. Professional breakout artist Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself thrown in a state-of-the art prison whose warden (Caviezel) learned lessons from the best – Ray himself. A throwback to action movies of the 1980s, with a formulaic story and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. If it’s possible to ignore flaws in the … Continue reading Escape Plan

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN.   In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

The Tudors

After writing two movies about Elizabeth I, Michael Hirst turned his attention to another Tudor, her father, the guy who was married six times and had two of his wives beheaded. Over four seasons, we followed the tribulations of King Henry VIII as he struggled to find a woman who could give him a male heir, separated … Continue reading The Tudors

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

ON HIS WAY TO FINDING A LEGEND… HE WILL BECOME ONE. Two young barn owls are kidnapped by other owls and later held as slaves by the evil Pure Ones; however, they are about to learn that the mythical Guardians of Ga’Hoole really do exist… A 3D fairy tale for kids that is dark, but … Continue reading Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole


THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! In the late 1100s, the disowned son (Anthony Andrews) of a Saxon nobleman (Michael Hordern) returns from the Crusades and becomes involved in the struggle between Saxons and Normans. The big Hollywood treatment of the famous Walter Scott novel came in 1952, but this TV movie is a more ambitious version … Continue reading Ivanhoe

Jurassic Park: A Day at the Zoo

AN ADVENTURE 65 MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING. Computer animated effects was not a new thing in 1992 when Steven Spielberg started shooting this film. Beauty and the Beast (1991) had certain parts of its animation done in a computer with very smooth but discreet results. Terminator 2 (1991) also employed the technology and wowed audiences. But that was … Continue reading Jurassic Park: A Day at the Zoo

Jurassic Park III

THIS TIME IT’S NOT JUST A WALK IN THE PARK! Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni) head for the dinosaur islands to find their son who went missing there while paragliding; the couple trick paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) into reliving his worst nightmare. The third movie is surprisingly good; its sole ambition … Continue reading Jurassic Park III


SHE’S THE GOLDEN GIRL. HE’S THE LONGSHOT. IT’S A MATCH MADE IN WIMBLEDON. 32-year-old British tennis pro Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) is playing his last Wimbledon and falls in love with an American tennis star in-the-making (Kirsten Dunst). A pleasant romantic comedy produced by the people who usually gives you whatever Richard Curtis is doing. … Continue reading Wimbledon