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Robin Hood (Review)

Blanchett soars, Crowe broods in overwrought telling of classic story

0 Comments · Friday, May 14, 2010
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.  

The Taking of Pelham 123 (Review)

Veteran director Tony Scott is back with another overindulgent mess

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Look, I'm not making any inappropriate allegations. All I'm saying is that, if Tony Scott has scandalous photos of Denzel Washington, it might explain a lot. This is what I'm trying to wrap my head around: How does one of the most universally respected actors of this generation come to trust this particular director? Grade: D.  

Body of Lies (Review)

Russell Crowe and Leonardo DeCaprio provide espionage thrills without digging too deep

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Throughout David Ignatius’ 2007 novel Body of Lies, you can feel the potential for creating something ... deeper. While the surface markings were those of an age-of-terrorism espionage thriller, there were also hints of Mystic River author Dennis Lehane: the portrayal of a world in which moral decision-making was virtually impossible and the best a soul could hope for was to make the least immoral decision.  

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