THE LOBSTER Reviewed Jun24

THE LOBSTER Reviewed

The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw The Lobster is the first English-speaking film by the Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos. Looking at descriptions of two of his earlier works, The Alps and Dogtooth, his mindset becomes clear. He deals with the absurd but only in service of a sharp critique of modern society. In The Alps people impersonate recently dead people to soothe the bereaved. In Dogtooth, children are kept from society until their dogtooth comes in. In The Lobster, unmarried people are given a period of time at a...

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in the first trailer for NEVER GO BACK Jun22

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in the first tr...

Paramount has released on the first trailer for NEVER GO BACK, the second film featuring Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher. NGB is based on the 18th novel in the Jack Reacher series. Joining him this time around is Cobie Smulders (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, THE L WORD) as Major Turner. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family....

JACK REACHER: First photos from NEVER GO BACK Jun09

JACK REACHER: First photos from NEVER GO BACK

People magazine has offered up the first two photos from NEVER GO BACK, the second film featuring Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher. NGB is based on the 18th novel in the Jack Reacher series. Joining him this time around is Cobie Smulders (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, THE L WORD) as Major Turner. Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet—in person—the new commanding officer, Major Susan...

THE MEDDLER Reviewed Jun03

THE MEDDLER Reviewed

THE MEDDLER Written and Directed by Lorene Scaofaria Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons Well, you can file this film along with HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, as a half-hearted attempt by Hollywood to generate some ticket sales from the over-sixty woman (and perhaps the man she drags along). The movie is so tepid, so generic, so soft-focused, it was hard to stay awake. The sole interest was in wondering how Susan Sarandon managed to look 45 at 70. Surgery, good DNA, good cameraman, good lens? I don’t know. When her husband dies, The Meddler (Sarandon), moves west to be with her daughter (Bryne) in California. Yes, she does...

GREEN ROOM Reviewed May27

GREEN ROOM Reviewed

Green Room Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogene Poots, Patrick Stewart A punk rock band (The Ain’t Rights) have had no success, but when they are offered a gig in the woods of Oregon, they take it. The gig is at a dive bar and before they leave, one of the band members sees something he shouldn’t and phones the cops. Surprisingly adept at covering up their crimes , the bar personnel move quickly to imprison the band, led by the head honcho, Patrick Stewart. This is a film you will either fall in with and love or not. I did not. Although it was effective, intelligent, and well made, I...

SING STREET Reviewed May20

SING STREET Reviewed

SING STREET Written and Directed by John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Raynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen Much in the vein of Carney’s earlier pictures (ONCE and BEGIN AGAIN), but also reminiscent of the fantastic, THE COMMITMENTS, SING STREET is another version of the classic teenage story–starting a band. And in this case, the initial impetus for Conor’s interest (Peelo) is the delightful, Raphina (Boynton), who waits fetchingly on steps across from the school. How better to impress a girl who’s born to model in the rock videos of the eighties. Conor’s is a rough school run by...