Review: Michael Fassbender descends into a fog of madness in ‘Macbeth’

Posted by · 9:55 am · May 23rd, 2015

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are superb and Justin Kurzel’s imagery is striking, but the new “Macbeth” feels a trifle thin.

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Cohen Media Group nabs Besson’s ‘The Lady’

Posted by · 5:22 pm · September 14th, 2011

Everyone’s just been waiting to see who would pick up Luc besson’s “The Lady” out of Toronto, just for an excuse to go ahead and shuffle Michelle Yeoh over to the pile of likely Best Actress contenders. Yeoh stars in the film as Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis has a […]

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Emmerich surprises with ‘Anonymous’

Posted by · 11:15 am · September 9th, 2011

I have to say, quite unexpectedly, I really liked Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous.” I think it’s his best work yet. Having busied himself with matters of the apocalypse for the better part of two decades in films like “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” it’s fair to say few would expect him to have […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1993 and 1994

Posted by · 4:52 pm · November 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1993 was the year I first became interested in making movies and tracking box office. There are two words responsible for both and they rhyme with Yourassic Lark. The director of that beast would also helm our Best Picture winner that year, finally earning the Academy’s […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “London Boulevard” by Ken Bruen

Posted by · 7:39 pm · July 13th, 2010

When Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (“The Departed”) brings Irish crime writer Ken Bruen’s 2001 novel “London Boulevard” to screen in his directorial debut, he won’t be adapting the text so much as returning it to its natural source. A short, sharp, deliciously black-hearted thriller that reads not unlike a readymade screenplay in its brisk, dialogue-dominated […]

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Revisiting ‘Naked’

Posted by · 3:00 am · August 21st, 2008

I’m pleased that at least one person correctly identified Tuesday’s mystery quote (despite my initial absentminded misquoting) as coming from Mike Leigh’s 1993 film “Naked,” a brilliant, bruising urban portrait that still stands, for this writer, as the auteur’s finest film to date. It won Leigh and lead actor David Thewlis richly deserved awards at […]

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