Tag Archive: Anthony Hopkins

Noah

BBB (out of 5) The Bible gets the Dark Knight treatment as Darren Aronofsky investigates the legendary story of Noah, who assembled the animals two by two into a great ark to survive… Continue reading

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Legends Of The Fall

BBBB (out of 5) Three brothers grow up with their father on a sprawling Montana ranch, living wild, boisterous lives until tragedy strikes each of them (and all of it brought about by… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible II

BBB (out of 5) This time the film is shorter on brains and longer on excitement, making it pretty much just as good as the original but on its own terms. Where the… Continue reading

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Titus

BBBB (out of 5) Julie Taymor takes her groundbreaking stage production of Shakespeare’s first play and brings it to the screen, with all its bite intact for her cinematic directorial debut. Titus (Anthony… Continue reading

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All The King’s Men (2006)

BB (out of 5) An impressive cast is wasted around a two-hour Oscar speech by Sean Penn, who is impressive but has been given too much free reign to go crazy in this… Continue reading

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of… Continue reading

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Proof (2005)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Following the death of her brilliant but insane mathematician father (Anthony Hopkins), Gwyneth Paltrow finds herself in a sea of confusion and despair that isn’t helped by the arrival of… Continue reading

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The Wolfman

BBB (out of 5) Remake of the 1941 classic starring Lon Chaney has Benicio Del Toro filling in the lead as a famous actor who returns to his ancestral home in the English countryside… Continue reading

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Fracture

BB (out of 5) Selling your soul for cash is not without consequences, as Ryan Gosling learns in this tepid thriller.  It’s a film mainly designed to give Gosling another opportunity to rub his… Continue reading

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Amistad

BB.5 (out of 5) Overlong and patronizing account of a slave ship bound for Jamaica, whose passengers revolt with the intent of returning to Africa but end up in 19th-century Massachusetts instead. Now… Continue reading

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The Road To Wellville

B (out of 5) Matthew Broderick stays at a nineteenth-century health resort led by Dr. Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins), whose methods are unorthodox at best (and who became famous later for his breakfast cereals). Broderick… Continue reading

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Hearts In Atlantis

BB (out of 5) Pointless adaptation of Stephen King’s novel has Anthony Hopkins as a crotchety old man boarding in the upstairs floor of a house inhabited by an intelligent little boy (Anton… Continue reading

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

BBBB (out of 5) Delightfully faithful adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s classic story, about a villain who steals Christmas from the unsuspecting peaceful residents of Whoville because they treat him with fear and… Continue reading

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Hitchcock

BB.5 (out of 5) A prolific decade of films that saw him rise to the very top of his profession seems a punishment to Alfred Hitchcock by 1959. With North By Northwest raking… Continue reading

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Hannibal

BB.5 (out of 5) Gothic and beautiful but empty-headed follow-up to Jonathan Demme’s perfect Silence of the Lambs has Julianne Moore ably filling in for Jodie Foster’s role as Clarice Starling. The change… Continue reading

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Beowulf

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s no easy task making something entertaining out of the English language’s earliest known narrative work, so don’t be too harsh on Robert Zemeckis if he didn’t make a… Continue reading

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Alexander

BB.5 (out of 5) Oh thank you, Gladiator, for convincing filmmakers everywhere that anyone can make a sword-and-toga epic worth its weight in millions. In 2004, audiences were first assaulted with the boredom… Continue reading

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Nixon

BB.5 (out of 5) Oliver Stone, who previously directed the marvelous JFK, fails to invest this biography of president Richard Nixon’s troubled political career with the same amount of paranoid energy and enthusiasm.… Continue reading

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The Elephant Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) David Lynch’s breakthrough film captures a nightmarish vision of Victorian London society. Filmed in dreamy black and white, it tells the story of John Merrick (John Hurt), an English… Continue reading

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Spartacus

BBBBB (out of 5) Who would have thought that among the years of endless bloated religious epics, a grand centurion movie would come along to blow them all away? After being turned down… Continue reading

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Bobby

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy.… Continue reading

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The Bounty

BBBB (out of 5) Third major version of the popular seafaring adventure story isn’t as good as Frank Lloyd’s 1935 Mutiny On The Bounty but is possibly better than the 1962 Marlon Brando… Continue reading

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, inventive retelling of the vampire legend is marred only by a couple of amateurish performances. Francis Ford Coppola uses ground-level visual effects in the style of Georges Melies… Continue reading

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The Silence of the Lambs

BBBBB (out of 5) Thomas Harris’s second novel involving the terrifying Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter ended up becoming one of the greatest thriller-horror films of all time.  Jodie Foster is riveting as Clarice… Continue reading

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Surviving Picasso

BBBB (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins is excellent as the famous Spanish painter who wooed countless women during his career. Natascha McElhone plays Francoise Gilot, upon whose autobiography this film is based, the… Continue reading

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The Remains Of The Day

BBBBB (out of 5) Between this fantastic drama and Merchant Ivory’s film of the previous year, Howards End, it is difficult to decide which of the two is the superior. Reteaming the main… Continue reading

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Howards End

BBBBB (out of 5) The team at Merchany Ivory productions complete their E.M. Forster trilogy after A Room With A View and Maurice and save the best for last with this phenomenally good… Continue reading

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The City Of Your Final Destination

BBB (out of 5) Doctoral candidate Omar Metwally longs to write a biography on a deceased South American writer in order to earn his degree, but is thwarted by the refusal of the… Continue reading

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The Mask Of Zorro

BB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable but bombastically loud update of the popular Zorro legend which hasn’t been seen legitimately on screen since Tyrone Power in the 40s (George Hamilton doesn’t count).  Antonio Banderas… Continue reading

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Meet Joe Black

B (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins stars as a rich man who is about to have a visit from everyone’s favourite party animal, Death. Unfortunately, Death is in the mood to experience a… Continue reading

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Thor

BB.5 (out of 5) After leading his mythical world into battle against their enemies, defying his father’s wishes, heroic Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished from the kingdom and sent to present-day Earth as… Continue reading

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The Human Stain

BBB (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins practically sleepwalks through his performance as a literature professor who is forced into retirement after more than thirty years of devotion to his college, following a comment regarding… Continue reading

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The Lion In Winter

BBBB (out of 5) In 12th century England, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) sits atop his throne and hesitates to name his successor. Instead, he invites all the rivals to the crown to… Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far

BB.5 (out of 5) For a three-hour war film, it has to be pointed out that this film is surprisingly zippy and has very few points where it sags. It details the disastrous… Continue reading

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Shadowlands

BBBB.5 (out of 5) After years of writing letters to author C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), American writer Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) finally makes the trip out to England to meet him. When they… Continue reading

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Chaplin

BBB (out of 5) Richard Attenborough seems to be under the impression that a film about silent-screen giant Charlie Chaplin’s various sex scandals makes for a revealing look into his career. Not so,… Continue reading

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s heart is light in this forgettable tale of love among modern day Londoners. Naomi Watts is superb as a beleaguered woman whose art history degree has gotten her… Continue reading

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