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WE ARE NO LONGER IN CONTROL.  After a hack that damages both Chinese and American institutions, the Chinese government and the FBI are collaborating to find those responsible, enlisting the help of jailed hacker Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth). One of the director’s least interesting thrillers was also a commercial flop. Inspired by the Stuxnet revelations, … Continue reading Blackhat

Suicide Squad

JUSTICE HAS A BAD SIDE. The most dangerous criminals in the world are gathered to be used as agents for the U.S. government, controlled by nano bombs planted in their neck… but the Joker (Jared Leto) complicates everything. This 3D film continues where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) ended, with the same slam-bang … Continue reading Suicide Squad

Far from Heaven

WHAT IMPRISONS DESIRES OF THE HEART?   Rainer Werner Fassbinder wasn’t the only one in awe of Douglas Sirk. In this drama, Todd Haynes has recreated everything from Sirk’s films to perfection. One in particular in fact, All That Heaven Allows (1955) – the red, yellow and orange autumn colors in the cinematography, the neat … Continue reading Far from Heaven

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

Ender’s Game

THIS IS NOT A GAME. Years into the future, after an alien attack on Earth that left millions dead, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is among the bright teenagers recruited to fight a decisive, future war. This adaptation of the classic novel suffers from the same problems as The Host and After Earth, two other … Continue reading Ender’s Game


EVERY MOMENT MATTERS. When two young girls disappear in a small town, police come up with a suspect (Paul Dano) but not enough to build a case; one of the girls’ father (Hugh Jackman) refuses to accept it. Director Denis Villeneuve’s first American film is a thriller that explores the horror of losing a child … Continue reading Prisoners

The Help

CHANGE BEGINS WITH A WHISPER.    In early 1960s Mississippi, young “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer and secretly starts interviewing black maids to find out what their lives are like in the segregated South. Tate Taylor was friends with author Kathryn Stockett, secured the rights to her novel and had a … Continue reading The Help

Beautiful Creatures

DARK SECRETS WILL COME TO LIGHT. High-school kid Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who can’t wait to get out of his narrow-minded South Carolina hometown, is immediately smitten by a newcomer (Alice Englert) with special powers. Another attempt to attract the Twilight crowd, this time with so-called “casters” and magic. We have young lovers, a family … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures

Eat Pray Love

LET YOURSELF GO THIS AUGUST. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) has pretty much everything, but is still unhappy and feels lost – perhaps a culinary trip to Italy, a bit of praying in India and a love affair in Bali will take care of things? Gilbert’s Oprah-endorsed new age book gets its inevitable film adaptation that … Continue reading Eat Pray Love

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Some time after the death of his father (Tom Hanks) at 9/11, young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) finds a key inside an envelope marked with the word “Black”, and embarks on a quest to find the right “Black”. Considering the talent involved here, this is a huge disappointment, especially from a director who made The Hours (2002) work … Continue reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Doubt: What If I’m Wrong?

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE. THERE ARE NO WITNESSES. BUT FOR ONE, THERE IS NO DOUBT.   John Patrick Shanley reportedly told the actors who would play Father Brendan Flynn (Brían F. O’Byrne in the play, Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie) the truth about the character. Only they were supposed to know whether or not … Continue reading Doubt: What If I’m Wrong?

Nights in Rodanthe

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR A SECOND CHANCE.  Doctor Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives at a North Carolina inn, which is temporarily tended by Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane); they are both going through crises and find a sympathetic shoulder to lean on. Critics had few nice things to say about renowned Broadway director George C. … Continue reading Nights in Rodanthe