Jack Reacher

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), a hardass military investigator, is the creation of author Lee Childs and, like James Patterson’s Alex Cross, a franchise-in-the-making, so it seems worth asking why screenwriter-director Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun) hitched his wagon to Cruise who, at 50, might be approaching the period of his career when it would behoove him to settle into a more dramatic phase rather than the frantic running and gunning of the extreme action thrillers.  

Parental Guidance

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Fluffy family friendly alert! Old school grandparents (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) agree to take care of their three grandchildren when their daughter (Marisa Tomei) and her husband (Tom Everett Scott), a high-achieving new millennial working couple, are forced to jet off to high-pressure assignments.  

Django Unchained

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Much like Inglorious Basterds, his revisionist take on Jewish revenge on the Nazis, Quentin Tarantino tackles the curious American institution of slavery in Django Unchained.  

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The cynical play here would be to knock the “unexpected” nature of this enterprise because, after the overwhelming success of Peter Jackson’s justifiably epic Lord of the Rings saga, why wouldn’t Jackson and New Line seek to replicate that run with The Hobbit?  

Silver Linings Playbook

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 21, 2012
n Silver Linings Playbook, we get Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a former teacher, newly released from a mental institution after a violent psychotic incident, heading back into the hornet’s nest that he calls home, the South Philly domicile of his parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver).  

Anna Karenina

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Anna Karenina latches onto the idea of life played out on a constantly shifting Old World stage — jazzed up with a sensual restlessness and humor to equate 19th century society and the theater as realm both subject to rules of order that cannot be circumvented.