Tag Archive: David Strathairn

Louder Than Bombs

BB (out of 5) A family is in shreds following the death of their matriarch (Isabelle Huppert), a photographer famous for her unflinching images of conflict zones who gave up war zones for suburbia… Continue reading

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BB.5 (out of 5) The surprise runaway box office success of the first film draws the entire cast back to India for another visit to the titular establishment, where retired Brits on a… Continue reading

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The Tempest (2010)

BB.5 (out of 5) There is such promise in the pairing of Julie Taymor’s ripe visual style with one of Shakespeare’s most wondrous fantasies, and yet this one does not measure up to… Continue reading

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Godzilla (2014)

BB (out of 5) With the disappointment of the easily fun but canonically unfaithful Roland Emmerich adaptation of 1998 well behind it, the monster from beneath the sea has returned to Pacific shores… Continue reading

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My Blueberry Nights

BB (out of 5) Following the international success of In The Mood For Love and the critical adoration of 2046, it could come as no surprise that Wong Kar Wai’s next move would… Continue reading

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Sneakers

BBB (out of 5) Robert Redford stars as a computer hacker turned security expert who is forced to use his knowledge of operation systems against a former co-worker, now turned enemy. He assembles his… Continue reading

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Bob Roberts

BBB (out of 5) Tim Robbins stars and directs for the first time in this moderately enjoyable political comedy about a senator looking to make it big while playing folk music on his guitar.… Continue reading

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Blue Car

BB.5 (out of 5) Agnes Bruckner plays a teenage girl who is having a spectacularly difficult time adjusting to her parents’ bitter divorce while also trying to keep up with her studies in order… Continue reading

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A League Of Their Own

BBBB (out of 5) With most able-bodied men off fighting in the trenches during World War II, professional baseball team owners turn to creating a women’s league in order to keep the game… Continue reading

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Simon Birch

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet adolescent tearjerker about a young boy (Joseph Mazzello) growing up with a warm hearted single mother (a perfectly cast Ashley Judd) and an iron-willed grandmother (Dana Ivey).  He… Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

B.5 (out of 5) Uneven adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic fantasy play that will seem choppy and badly edited even to those completely unfamiliar with the original. Director Michael Lehmann has eliminated so much… 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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Lincoln

BBBB (out of 5) The Civil War has been depleting American life and idealism for years by the time we catch up with Honest Abe at the beginning of this rich biopic, just… Continue reading

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The Notorious Bettie Page

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most curious careers to survive the collective memory of popular culture is that of Bettie Page, a Tennessee girl who shows up in New York in… Continue reading

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The River Wild

BBB.5 (out of 5) Meryl Streep takes her husband (David Strathairn) and son (Joseph Mazzello) on a white water-rafting trip for the first time since her teenage days, when it was her job… Continue reading

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Dolores Claiborne

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Stephen King’s most fascinating stories is this drama about the turbulent relationship between aging Maine widow Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her estranged journalist daughter Selena St.… Continue reading

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Losing Isaiah

BB.5 (out of 5) Somehow these made-for-television movies make it to the big screen. Jessica Lange plays a hospital staffer who takes a baby home after she finds it abandoned in a trash bin.… Continue reading

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A Dangerous Woman

BB (out of 5) A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective… Continue reading

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The Bourne Ultimatum

BBBB (out of 5) The thing I love about action movies it that they take movie stars, people who basically spend their time off getting their hair washed with Evian water or snorting… Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy

BB.5 (out of 5) The franchise that had great success with Matt Damon from 2002-2007 has now been resurrected laterally with Jeremy Renner taking the lead in a new character. His Aaron Cross… Continue reading

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law… Continue reading

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Twisted

B (out of 5) It’s rather nice to see that so many Hollywood thrillers have been made lately with tough, uppity females in the leads (Gothika, High Crimes, Trapped); what a shame that… Continue reading

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Home For The Holidays

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. Holly Hunter plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job… Continue reading

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A Map Of The World

BBB.5 (out of 5) Compelling drama based on Jane Hamilton’s esteemed novel, about a city woman turned farm wife (Sigourney Weaver) who is bested by the law of the land. Weaver hasn’t in… Continue reading

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Howl

BB (out of 5) The creation of the four-part poem that gained Allen Ginsberg the notoriety and fame that lasted the rest of his life is the subject of this howlingly boring docudrama… Continue reading

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Silkwood

BBBB (out of 5) Meryl Streep proved that elegant period pieces weren’t the only thing she could shine in when she appeared in this devastating, fact-based drama. She plays real-life Karen Silkwood, an… Continue reading

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Lost In Yonkers

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent adaptation of Neil Simon’s wonderful play. It’s the 1940s, and two boys are sent to live with family members during a summer when their parents are away. Irene… Continue reading

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At Close Range

BBB (out of 5) Powerful drama that tells a dark tale while also addressing an important social issue: the lack of opportunities for the poor in America to escape their surroundings. Sean Penn… Continue reading

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The Brother From Another Planet

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien (Joe Morton) crashes his spaceship onto planet Earth, he finds himself wandering modern day New… Continue reading

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Passion Fish

BBBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ masterpiece is this brilliant two-character drama that you wish could go on forever. After she is paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident, a bitter… Continue reading

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Limbo

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who continues his habit of delivering brilliant character studies in compelling circumstances. Perpetually single club singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has broken up with… Continue reading

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City Of Hope

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes place among a group of varied characters. The centre of the story revolves around an old apartment… Continue reading

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Eight Men Out

BBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ makes a brilliant exposé of a very dark time in the business of baseball. Post-World War I players of the Chicago White Sox are fed up with… Continue reading

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Matewan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of John Sayles’s most impressive achievements as a filmmaker is this excellent document of the 1920 coal miner’s strike of Matewan, West Virginia. Chris Cooper plays a Union leader… Continue reading

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Harrison’s Flowers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Andie MacDowell plays the wife of a combat photographer (David Strathairn) who is reported missing during an assignment in Vukovar during the Balkan war. Believing him still alive, she recklessly… Continue reading

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Memphis Belle

BBB.5 (out of 5) This enjoyable wartime melodrama centres around the experiences of a pilot crew aboard a bomber plane. The Memphis Belle was assigned to some of the most dangerous missions on European… Continue reading

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Good Night, And Good Luck.

BBB (out of 5) The now-forgotten, televised showdown between reporter Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and radically conservative senator Joseph McCarthy, who was making headlines for his Communist witch hunt in the early… Continue reading

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Love, Marilyn

BBBBB (out of 5) She became a superstar in 1952 and a decade later was no more. The short life of Marilyn Monroe has had one of the greatest impacts on popular culture of… Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential

BBBBB (out of 5) Hands-down my favourite American film of the nineties. Curtis Hanson shocked the world by proving to be not only a great director but an auteur with this unbeatable adaptation… Continue reading

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