Williams delivers an Oscar-worthy performance playing screen siren
Marilyn Monroe. The vehicle is director Simon Curtis' thoughtful
adaptation of Colin Clark's diaries. At the age of 23 Clark worked as
third assistant director to Laurence Olivier for his 1956 romantic
comedy The Prince and the Showgirl.
Errol Morris makes a welcome return to
the kind of quirky subject matter that marked his early documentaries.
Closer in tone to his lighthearted 1997 film Fast, Cheap and Out of Control than his recent politically driven films (The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure), Tabloid explores the life trajectory of former Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney.
Almodóvar proves himself an apt technician at sustaining suspense in
the thriller genre. Antonio Banderas returns to work with Almodóvar
for the first time in over 20 years, since his memorable performance
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!.
The years have been kind to Banderas, who brings his A game to a
deliciously diabolical role.
Fast paced and fluffy,
Tower Heist is a spectacle-laden comedy with widespread
appeal. Even Alan Alda's Bernie Madoff-styled antagonist gets a soft
treatment so as not to offend the "1 percent" of potential
audience members his evil character represents.
Inevitable comparisons with J.J. Abrams’ similarly themed Super 8
favors writer/director Joe Cornish’s seemingly effortless ability to
extract laughs and shocks from an alien invasion in urban London. Much
of the movie’s success derives from the crackle of comedy that rolls off
the Cockney-accented teen antihero thugs who dare to take on an army of
pitch-black alien creatures attacking their estate housing tower.
off from the finally-adjourned Shrek franchise, Puss in
Boots is a well-crafted DreamWorks animated movie that succeeds
in spite of the aid of its extraneous 3-D treatment. Screenwriter
Tom Wheeler deftly blends together nursery rhyme elements toward a
comical fantasy that includes an enjoyable dose of cute animal
Contagion’s PG-13 rating predicts
the film’s less-than-horrific nature following a promising opening
sequence. Director Steven Soderbergh inflects his beautifully
photographed compositions with a slick Techno Pop score yet can’t
compensate for a script splintered into too many subplots.
With a pinch of 'Trainspotting' irreverence and a dose of 'Pulp Fiction' social satire, debut director John Michael McDonagh cobbles together this lilting black comedy set in the Gaelic region of County Galway. Grade: B.
Producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro performs the neat trick of adapting the original 1973 television horror shocker Don't Be Afraid of the Dark into a tastefully suspenseful work of kid-friendly art, kid-friendly art. Grade: B.