I promised myself to stay as far away as possible from History Channel’s Jesus: His Life. However, after screening the first two episodes, I discovered that, although I have some issues with the program, it exceeds my expectations.
What is a worthy sacrifice to make for one’s gods? Does that sound like a basis for a action thriller? It turns out to be a very important part of Hotel Mumbai.
Two cops, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn’s Brett Ridgeman and Anthony Lurasetti, have crossed so many lines that they’re put on leave pending investigation. Needing funds fast, they trail a crew of heavily armed thieves, including recently paroled petty thief Slim (Tory Kittles). S. Craig Zahler’s approach is slow-burning, with plenty of crime violence for… [Read More]
How do you build on a classic? That was the charge given to screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) and director Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, upcoming The Little Mermaid). Set twenty-five years after the Julie Christie and Dick Van Dyke original, the film finds Poppins returning to… [Read More]
The Hummingbird Project follows Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgard), two cousins who are players in the lucrative world of high-frequency stock trading. Looking for any advantage, their dream is to build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey in the hopes that the extra milliseconds will make them rich. While Anton… [Read More]
Director Peter Segal had been quiet for the five years after a series of Adam Sandler hits (50 First Dates, Anger Management) and the boxing dud Grudge Match. Now, he’s resurfaced with the Jennifer Lopez-led Second Act and The Pacifier/Spy Next Door-like Dave Bautista film, My Spy, due this year. With Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Dan Bucatinsky, Milo Ventimiglia, and Treat… [Read More]
Middle age is tough. When you are Gloria Bell, however, you handle it with verve and joy. In Gloria Bell, the English remake of his 2013 film Gloria, director Sebastian Lelio casts the luminous Julianne Moore in the lead role. Gloria leads a happy life. She’s divorced but on good terms with her ex. She’s involved in… [Read More]
Nobody wants to be filled with evil. There’s something about the light that has the ability to penetrate darkness and yet overcome it.
There’s a lot to be said about longevity. Over the last 10 years, Marvel Studios has released 21 films. Halfway through, many talked about superhero fatigue and yet, they’re still a $17 billion juggernaut that has fans coming out in numbers for the next wave. As we draw closer to next month and the much… [Read More]
There is an old gospel song, “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through”. A bit of that sense of temporariness is what we find in Transit from German director Christian Penzold. There are various aspects of this film that may leave us a bit off-balance, but that just adds to the depth… [Read More]