The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams, is Roman Polanski’s latest film, and – while nowhere near his best (see Rosemary’s Baby or The Ninth Gate) – it has all the Polanski hallmarks:  A brooding, haunted tone, beautiful and engaging scenes, and a plot that is a little too obvious for […]

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The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Benning, Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, is your very average family comedy dressed up like a sensitive 21st century drama.  Think of, oh…I don’t know.  How about The Brady Bunch crossed with Weeds: “Here’s the story of two dykes with babies / Whose […]

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Kick-Ass and Repo Men

I rarely finish watching a movie once I start, so when I watch two films within a week of each other and don’t care to finish either one, that’s something of an event in my life.  A movie has to fall into a certain well-defined stratum for me not to watch it front start to finish:  […]

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Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page, and crafted by the best director in the business – one Christopher Nolan – is a visually stunning and thoroughly enjoyable film that has the staying power of any great mind-bending whodunit.  What makes Inception so good is how well it mixes the scifi / action genre with […]

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