Browsing all articles from November, 2015.
* * * It may not have been necessary, but Billy Ray’s Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of the Oscar winning 2009 Argentine mystery about politics, love and a murder that takes its toll on a handful of inextricably linked characters, is certainly not without merit. An investigative procedural about ghosts of the past […]
* * * * The best movie of the year to date, Brooklyn is the kind of film they often say they don’t make any more, a near instant-classic of unabashed emotion about a simple people we come to love, and how they find their places in the world together. Directed by John Crowley and […]
* * The Hollywood blacklist gets a superfluous treatment in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, a too much, not enough examination of Tinseltown careers destroyed by MCarthy-era communist witch hunts, and one—screenwriter Dalton Trumbo—who rose from the ashes even while his personal spoils lingered. As directed by Roach, it’s a well intentioned if oddly unmemorable movie, led […]
* * * SPECTRE, the 24th official James Bond picture, has the same director, writers and star as 2012’s series high watermark Skyfall, but that’s where similarities end. Watching this often entertaining movie, it’s best to put that superlative outing out of one’s mind and enjoy lesser SPECTRE for what it is—a slick, glossy spy […]