The Impossible

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The story of a family, with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as the parents, that ends up separated during a tsunami. Their struggle to survive and reunite gets a thrillingly dramatic treatment in the hands of Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage).  

I Love You Phillip Morris (Review)

True-life con-man story humanizes its criminal protagonists

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2010
There's something terribly romantic about the bond that develops between Ewan McGregor's and Jim Carrey's gay lovers in a con-man story not far removed from a great film like 'Catch Me If You Can.' There's a sincerity in both movies than humanizes its criminal protagonists and celebrates their abilities to outwit the lawmen that tirelessly pursue them. Grade: A-.  

Nanny McPhee Returns (Review)

Sequel a vast improvement over the contrived first installment

0 Comments · Friday, August 20, 2010
A vast improvement over the 2005 franchise introduction of co-writer/actress Emma Thompson's Mary-Poppinsish household savior, Nanny McPhee Returns finds modern-day meaning in its World War II-era English trappings. Grade: B.  

The Ghost Writer (Review)

Polanski returns with flawed but entertaining thriller

0 Comments · Thursday, March 4, 2010
Co-written by Roman Polanski with political journalist Robert Harris, upon whose novel the film is based, 'The Ghost Writer' is full of plot holes yet still entices. Ewan McGregor plays an unnamed English writer who takes up a surprisingly dangerous job as a ghostwriter/autobiographer for Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), a former British prime minister accused of war crimes. Grade: B-.  

Men Who Stare at Goats (Review)

George Clooney satire too vague for its own good

0 Comments · Friday, November 6, 2009
Director Grant Heslov and screenwriter Peter Straughan adapt Jon Ronson's nonfiction book, turning Ronson into reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who heads to the Middle East in 2003 to cover the Iraq War. Instead, he finds Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who was part of a 1980s military program launched by idealistic Vietnam veteran Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) to develop "Jedi Warriors" — soldiers with psychic abilities. Grade: C-plus.  

Angels & Demons (Review)

Everyone takes Dan Brown way too seriously again

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tom Hanks (sans his greasy 'Da Vinci Code' mullet) is back as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, summoned by Vatican officials to help deal with a potential crisis. Though Dan Brown's 'Angels & Demons' book was written before 'Da Vinci,' a few knowing references here make it clear that the events in the movie post-date 'Da Vinci' and therefore the Church understands that Langdon knows his stuff. At its core, though, this is a movie about people racing around Rome trying to prevent an anti-matter explosion. Grade: C-.