Director Sacha Gervasi attempts to frame Hitchcock as a love story between the director and his wife Alma, a rekindling of their passion for one another without actually presenting evidence of the initial spark or the carefully laid foundation between them.
An assassin (Dong-gun Jang) who refuses to kill an infant and ends up hiding out in America with the baby among a carny troupe in the Wild West in 'The Warrior's Way.' Could Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name have survived as a ronin in the East? That's one of the interesting ideas audiences can contemplate while waiting for something of note to happen here. Grade: D-plus.
For as muddled as its medieval politics are, director Ridley Scott's cloud-covered history of Robin Longstride's path to outlaw legend soars whenever Cate Blanchett takes the screen as Maid Marion. But in an overworked effort at making Robin Hood a somber man with heavy emotional baggage about his father and an idealized sense of justice, Scott has drained all the fun out of a story that should at least have some amount of proletariat joy. Grade: C-plus.
Acting in his first film since 2003, Mel Gibson is a bit rusty as retiring Boston homicide detective Thomas Craven in a part corporate thriller, part old-school revenge fantasy that feels dated from the start. Despite its formulaic storyline, insincere subplots and a wobbly performance from Gibson, quick pacing works to the film's advantage. Grade: C-.