Tag Archives: Timothy Hutton

Beautiful Boy

A TRUE STORY OF ADDICTION, SURVIVAL AND FAMILY. Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s first English-language film is a drama inspired by a real story, combining two perspectives in one script. The Sheff family’s struggle with drug addiction was chronicled in two books, written by the young man who goes through this hell, and his father … Continue reading Beautiful Boy

All the Money in the World

J. PAUL GETTY HAD A FORTUNE. EVERYONE ELSE PAID THE PRICE.  In 1973, the grandson (Charlie Plummer) of the world’s richest man, J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), is kidnapped by Italian mobsters and a ransom is demanded; however, Getty refuses to pay. This sordid, reality-based story is vividly brought to life by Ridley Scott who … Continue reading All the Money in the World

Sunshine State

GREETINGS FROM SUNSHINE STATE. John Sayles has always been a socially conscious filmmaker, which is obvious also in this amusing and engaging movie about a small town in northern Florida where race relations and environmental issues surface. There’s no lead character, but an ensemble of people who are all equally interesting to follow. Sayles’s message … Continue reading Sunshine State

The Ghost Writer: Assisting Blair/Polanski

For Roman Polanski, the journey of The Ghost Writer ended in prison. After being arrested by Swiss authorities in September 2009, the filmmaker faced extradition to the U.S. on a 33-year-old conviction of unlawful sex with a minor. Not a person who gives up easily, Polanski spent his time in jail both fighting the extradition … Continue reading The Ghost Writer: Assisting Blair/Polanski

The Good Shepherd

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED. Robert De Niro should direct more films; this story about the rise of the CIA after WWII, a pet project of his for quite some time, has the ring of truth. No real-life people are portrayed here … Continue reading The Good Shepherd

Last Holiday

SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS SOMEBODY… AND SHE WAS. Department store salesclerk Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) finds out that a brain tumor will end her life in three months; she quits her job and goes to Karlovy Vary to spend her life savings at a luxurious hotel. The 1950 original benefited from Alec Guinness’s performance … Continue reading Last Holiday

The General’s Daughter

GO BEHIND THE LIES. Army investigator Paul Brenner (John Travolta) tries to find out who murdered a general’s daughter and discovers, together with rape counselor Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe), skeletons in the woman’s closet… Since director Simon West previously made Con Air (1997), you might expect nothing here but macho stupidity, but that’s not the … Continue reading The General’s Daughter

Secret Window

SOME WINDOWS SHOULD NEVER BE OPENED. Writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) mopes around his cabin, trying to get his next book organized, but then a Southern stranger (John Turturro) shows up on his doorstep and accuses him of plagiarism. Stephen King’s story starts out with a similar theme to his “Misery”, but turns into something … Continue reading Secret Window

Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. Bill Condon, the man who once made a dreary sequel to Candyman (1992), has grown into quite a sophisticated filmmaker. He prepared for this film by interviewing the old colleagues of Alfred Kinsey’s, much like the noted biologist himself had conducted interviews in preparation of his two books on sexuality in … Continue reading Kinsey: Sex and the Professor