Browsing all articles from January, 2015.

Black or White

Black or White 

* * * 1/2 Kevin Costner’s conflicted, weary performance as an LA attorney embroiled in a battle for custody of his bi-racial granddaughter is the best of several strong suits in Black or White, writer-director Mike Binder’s thoughtful examination of parenthood, race and identity.  While not a perfect movie, it’s a smart one that raises […]

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Black Sea

Black Sea 

* * * Black Sea, the new submarine thriller starring Jude Law as a disenfranchised former captain looking for a payday—and redemption—by treasure hunting for sunken gold, is a fast-paced, well-acted and mostly thoughtful movie wound tightly by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald. Law stars as a career British seaman put out to pasture by a […]

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Nothing is Black or White as Kevin Costner Takes on Grief, Race and Single-Parenting in Career Performance

Nothing is Black or White as Kevin Costner Takes on Grief, Race and Single-Parenting in Career Performance 

There isn’t a more affable star than Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, the iconic actor-director with so many modern classics in his canon—Dances with Wolves, JFK, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, A Perfect World—and an artist who brings a patented movie star sheen to every performance. His new film, Black or White, was a real labor of […]

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In Searching for Gold and Redemption, Director Kevin Macdonald Takes Jude Law to the Rock Bottom of the Black Sea

In Searching for Gold and Redemption, Director Kevin Macdonald Takes Jude Law to the Rock Bottom of the Black Sea 

Thanks to director Kevin Macdonald’s tense, tight-quartered new submarine thriller Black Sea, we now know exactly what it feels like to be trapped on the bottom of the ocean at death’s door, mortality staring us in the face, survival chances slim. The movie presents a you-are-there aesthetic with tense direction and its effective screenplay, which […]

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A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year 

* * * * A hard boiled saga of capitalism, crime and family cira 1981 New York City, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year is a high-order throwback to Sidney Lumet’s social urban dramas of the 70s, a sensationally written and directed movie about a beleaguered businessman (Oscar Isaac) trying to get a leg up […]

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American Sniper

American Sniper 

* * 1/2 American Sniper, an acceptable if lesser Clint Eastwood picture based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memoir of four tours in Iraq, is a movie with a lot going for it. It’s got Eastwood at the helm delivering a sometimes muscular movie with modern political relevance and ideas about heroism and nationalism; a […]

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