Browsing all articles from June, 2012.
* * * The Intouchables, about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and a street-smart young man who becomes his caretaker and friend, won’t surprise anyone in its story of two closed-down souls whose lives take a turn when they are unexpectedly brought together. It’s a shopworn formula about opposites attracting, learning from each […]
* * * The pleasures of seeing a first-rate British cast in a nicely photographed movie about late life rebirth cannot be underestimated. Indeed, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a welcome antidote to the blockbuster summer movie season. As it turns out, audiences are going to see the film. And the majority of them […]
Summertime for movie lovers has officially begun in Chicago. According to the Chicago Park District, the 12th annual Movies in the Parks series in Chicago’s parks officially kicked off this evening with a screening of “Vertigo” at Belmont Harbor. The summer-long series will feature 176 screenings of current and classic movies in 128 citywide parks […]
Warner Bros. just released the latest international TV spot for “the Dark Knight Rises.” The official release date for the film is fast approaching. The climax to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films hits screens near you on July 20th.
What Becomes a Movie Icon Most? Gary Oldman on his Larger-Than-Life Career, and Impressively Minimal Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy”
In the new adaptation of John le Carré beloved Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman delivers an engrossing performance as George Smiley, the retired head of the British secret service, who goes back into the fray to hunt a Russian mole hiding somewhere within the establishment. It’s a role made famous by […]
Gerard Butler has played some epic characters in his prolific Hollywood career—Beowulf (Beowulf and Grendel) and King Leonidas (300) come to mind, as well as his upcoming turn in Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus. But perhaps his latest role, as a crusading American missionary who takes on an evil African warlord to protect a country’s children—it’s all […]
What I wouldn’t give if filmmaker Whit Stillman would write one—just one—realistic character who doesn’t sound like a hip know-it-all from some far off alien planet. Stillman, the creator of Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, is a master at placing arch, stilted dialogue into the mouths of his young actors, who almost […]
Shame, one of the year’s best movies, is a downward spiral into a sad world of sexual encounters for an addict whose limits are about to be tested. He’s played by Michael Fassbender in an extraordinarily exposed performance where the actor goes to hell onscreen, if not quite back. Also in this nightmare is Carey […]
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