(3.5 / 5)
A U.S. flyboy plummets out of the sun; hooked to a parachute.
His fighter plane death-spiraling into a flaming wreck on the white sand of Pacific beach. His panicked grappling with a Japanese pilot, his nemesis; a battle to the death on a clifftop drenched in searing light.…
(4 / 5)
From Sunset Boulevard to Argo, Hollywood has always been in the business of self-mythologizing.
It’s not often, though, that the industry takes its licks for the mistakes it’s made along the way.
Writ large among them is, of course, the blacklist, which saw scores of talented, Left-leaning film-makers left out in the cold as the paranoia surrounding Communism reached fever pitch.…
(2 / 5)
On the face of it, The Monuments Men should make for a great piece of cinema.
A classic “men on a mission” movie set in the dying days of the Second World War, directed by the talented and starring the never-less-than-charming George Clooney, backed by a whole roster of recognizable actors?…
(3 / 5)
I’d like to kick this review off with a question: can anyone name a movie trilogy in which the third installment was not the weakest?
The Matrix Revolutions. The Dark Knight Rises. The Godfather Part 3. Even Return of the Jedi has garnered the most criticism of the original Star Wars trilogy (the Ewoks can probably be considered the start of George Lucas’ descent into Jar Jar Binks inanity).…
(2.5 / 5)
The newest film by Chasing Amy* star Ben Affleck is notable for many reasons, not least in that it has broken the director’s run of continuous 94%s on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whether it is an objectively better film that either Gone Baby Gone or The Town is open to debate.…