Tag Archives: Woody Harrelson

Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

I had the opportunity to see this film at an early stage; it had been screened only at the film festivals in Venice and Toronto. I enjoyed it very much, but felt a little conflicted afterwards, something that stayed with me over the night and was reflected in a too-hasty original review for this site. … Continue reading Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

War for the Planet of the Apes

FOR FREEDOM. FOR FAMILY. FOR THE PLANET.  A few years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the war between apes and humans is growing bloodier and Caesar finds a personal enemy in the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The third film in this series borrows from Westerns and POW movies … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Now You See Me 2

REAPPEARING JUNE 10. The members of the Horsemen are still in hiding, but when they’re assigned a new case by the secret society of magicians that they’re now part of, everything changes. I have no idea why anyone would ask for a sequel to a rather anonymous heist thriller in the first place, but here … Continue reading Now You See Me 2

Out of the Furnace

SOMETIMES YOUR BATTLES CHOOSE YOU.  After serving time in prison, steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) learns that his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), who did tours in Iraq, competes in bare-knuckle fights. A grim drama from the director of Crazy Heart (2009) set in an economically depressed Pennsylvania borough. The working-class locations feel … Continue reading Out of the Furnace

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

THE REVOLUTION IS ABOUT ALL OF US. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her allies prepare to liberate the people of Panem and defeat President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his troops once and for all. The fourth and final chapter in this franchise is largely an overblown war movie, with scenes that might remind audiences of … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

FIRE BURNS BRIGHTER IN THE DARKNESS. After surviving another Hunger Game, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 where the rebel leader, President Coin (Julianne Moore), wants to turn her into the Mockingjay, a symbol of the resistance. The third and fourth films in the franchise cut the last novel into two. A pointless … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

EVERY REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH A SPARK.  After winning the Hunger Games, tributes Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson) inspire rebellions in several districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) comes up with a new version of the games. The sequel has a new director and a somewhat darker shade of colors, but it is also … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games

THE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING.   As punishment for a past uprising, twelve districts must offer their rulers two “tributes”, a boy and a girl, to compete in the Hunger Games where they fight to the death. This adaptation of an immensely popular young adult novel is head and shoulders above most other similar projects, … Continue reading The Hunger Games

Is It Possible to Forgive the Tea Party?

The day after Republicans let go after strangling the U.S. government and threatening to hurt the entire world economy with their reckless behavior, President Barack Obama was correct in pointing out that there are no real winners here. The deal reached will only go so far; unless actual change comes, America will face the same … Continue reading Is It Possible to Forgive the Tea Party?

Now You See Me

4 AMAZING MAGICIANS. 3 IMPOSSIBLE HEISTS. 1 BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS NO ILLUSION. Four brilliant magicians seemingly rob a bank in Paris during one of their Las Vegas shows and showers the audience with money from the vault; FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assigned the case. Another heist movie with lots of tricks … Continue reading Now You See Me

Game Change

POLITICS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) is facing Barack Obama and needs a game-changing name on his ticket; Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) is selected… but not properly vetted. This portrayal of how Palin was launched onto the national stage shows a charismatic, devoted mother firmly … Continue reading Game Change