| Jan 26, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Thirty minutes into the exorcism thriller, “The Rite,” Anthony Hopkins shows up. And for this performance, playing a grizzled, whimsical Welsh exorcist plying his trade in the working class back alleys of Rome,Â Sir Tony packed the...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Dates are changing, studios are firming up release plans, figuring out what will actually be finished in time for this or that target date, in some cases. Films will be picked up at Sundance and find their way into theaters. Documentaries will find a...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 4:36 PM
As this posts, I am sitting in a darkened theater watching “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” staring straight into the finals acts of an epic film franchise based on those deliriously popular fantasy novels by Ms. J.K. Rowling....
| Sep 8, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Dumbledore's brother from the Harry Potter movies, the wonderful Irish character actor Ciaran Hinds, has joined the cast of “The Woman in Black,” which will be the first post-Potter movie for Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe. The mystery-...
| Jul 21, 2010
| 4:35 AM
The original version of The Debt wasn't widely distributed in the U.S., but it played at the Jewish Film Festival here in Orlando a year or two back. Superb story of the now aged Mossad agents recalling and dealing with the consequences of their attempt...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:39 PM
When the Disney folks decided to drop the last two words from the title “John Carter of Mars,” they were left with the blandest, least informative name of any big-budget film in living memory. Sure, “Shrek” and “Forrest Gump&...
| Aug 31, 2011
I never pay attention to all the hype people bring up about summer blockbusters, or movies being released for Oscar consideration, and so…I have no clue what time of the year great films are supposed to be released.
I do recall hearing that the...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 10:18 AM
Three characters are split among six actors - Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds in the present day, and Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington in flashbacks - in director John Madden's ("Shakespeare in Love") cleverly constructed...
| Dec 15, 2011
** (out of four)
In spy movies, the organization sometimes seems to exist only to police itself and its inevitable traitors. So when the operation doesn’t appear to accomplish anything else except cleaning up its own mess, it suggests that shutting...
| Dec 15, 2011
Actors so rarely get paid to sit still. This week at the movies, as Tom Cruise is on Imax screens playing a frantic, hamsterlike intelligence gatherer in the new "Mission: Impossible" movie, we have also a superb adaptation of the John le Carre spy...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Hammer films launched in 1934 and in the ‘50s, after success with Dracula and Frankenstein films, they went that direction in the ‘60s and ‘70s with lots of gothic horror films.
They first came to my attention when they released the...
| Feb 17, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
Just before “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” ends, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) tells us in voiceover, “My name is Johnny Blaze. I am the Ghost Rider.” After two movies in a Marvel Comics franchise, the...