Yet another retelling of a classic fairy tale with modern flourishes,
this time with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) as
sibling bounty hunters who travel the land dispatching witches with
style and flair until they discover that the biggest and baddest witch
(Famke Janssen) has been setting a trap for them.
The Bourne saga must go on, and so writer Tony
Gilroy takes the helm with Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, another super
assassin born and bred to do all of the dirty work to keep the country
safe and sound.
Boston native Ben Affleck takes us into the city's capital of sorts for criminal activity, Charlestown, where a life of crime is a vocation. Co-writing, acting, directing ... there's not a job in 'The Town' that he can't do and do well. And there's not a weak performance in the entire cast, which isn't exactly surprising considering the collection of talent. Grade: A-.
The Iraq War has yielded a number of strong documentaries that tackle the topic both directly and indirectly. Successful fictional features, on the other hand, have been few and far between. Until now. Based on the first-hand reporting of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, 'The Hurt Locker' is an unrelenting, impressively self-contained pressure cooker that feels both deeply authentic and appropriately unsettling. Grade A.