Tag Archive: Donald Sutherland

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

B (out of 5) The land of Panem is a dire place to be after our heroine Katniss has destroyed the Hunger Games, rendering the country just as humorless as it was before… Continue reading

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The Day Of The Locust

BBB (out of 5) William Atherton begins to work as an art director at a movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood, taking up residence at a crummy apartment complex. The San… Continue reading

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The Calling

BB.5 (out of 5) Susan Sarandon plays a broken, alcoholic police chief whose inability to give a damn about her job causes little interruption of the running of affairs in her posting in… Continue reading

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership… Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) That fucking Jane Austen, every time I decide not to fall for it and every time I’m suckered in! Those hesitant to watch another adaptation of Austen’s most popular… Continue reading

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Johnny Got His Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Dalton Trumbo, once the blacklisted author whose unabashed screenplay credit in Spartacus effectively ended the reign of anti-Communist fear in Hollywood, wrote and directed this anti-war film based on… Continue reading

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Ask The Dust

B.5 (out of 5) Incredibly dreary, uninvolving drama set in Depression-era Hollywood. Colin Farrell plays an Italian-American writer who shows up in L.A. in the hopes of chasing the dream, but finds only a… Continue reading

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A Time To Kill

BB.5 (out of 5) One of the most overproduced John Grisham film adaptations is taken from his first book.  It would be far too easy to point out the drawbacks of this dramatic… Continue reading

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Six Degrees Of Separation

BBBB (out of 5) John Guare adapts his excellent play to the big screen with exceptional results. A New York society couple (Donald Sutherland, Stockard Channing) are entertaining a foreign guest (Ian McKellen)… Continue reading

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

BBB (out of 5) Shamefully, the first film to be done with completely realistic three-dimensional animation is saddled with a script that is flat as a board. The voices of Ming-Na Wen, Alec… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BB.5 (out of 5) The girl who survived the Shirley Jackson-meets-Mad Max spectacle of the first film is back in mundane rehash that barely passes for a sequel.  Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss finds herself… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deliverance and Westworld are combined for the teen set in this terrific adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. It takes place in the chillingly not-so-distant future, where… Continue reading

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Ordinary People

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Casting against type is what’s best about this family drama, one of the first to start the 80s trend of sober films where people talk about their myriad of… Continue reading

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Disclosure

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is once again the bitch-magnet in this foray into misogyny and what it does to the corporate man. He plays an important executive at a computer software company… Continue reading

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A Dry White Season

BBB.5 (out of 5) Donald Sutherland plays a schoolteacher in South Africa who is completely oblivious to the turbulence in his own country until it is pushed into his face: his gardener’s son gets… Continue reading

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Benefit Of The Doubt

BB.5 (out of 5) Amy Irving learns that her father (Donald Sutherland) is being released from prison on parole, twenty-odd years after he was sentenced for the murder of her mother based on… Continue reading

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Outbreak

BBBB (out of 5) When an adorable simian is brought to America from Africa illegally on a barge, it spreads a terrible virus in a small American town that kills residents and calls… Continue reading

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Backdraft

BB (out of 5) Two brothers, complete opposites in every way, are reunited after having not seen each other for years. The elder (Kurt Russell) is a fire fighter like his father was… Continue reading

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Don’t Look Now

BBBB (out of 5) Supercool psychic thriller from the often imitated, never duplicated imagination of Nicolas Roeg. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play a couple who survive a tragedy when their little girl drowns in… Continue reading

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Cold Mountain

BBB (out of 5) During the civil war, a soldier (Jude Law) reads a letter from the woman waiting for him (Nicole Kidman) back home and decides to leave the battlefield and head… Continue reading

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The Italian Job (2003)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Usually movie producers look to novels, television shows and comic books to get inspiration for their latest multi-million dollar projects, but lately it seems that Michael Caine movies are… Continue reading

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Klute

BBBBB (out of 5) The other fantastic thriller made in 1971 is the perfect feminine companion to The French Connection (and Roy Scheider is in both of them).  Jane Fonda gives the performance of… Continue reading

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Horrible Bosses

BBBB (out of 5) Combine The Hangover with 9 To 5 and you have this winningly enjoyable comedy that shines in the Men Behaving Badly genre. Jason Bateman works in the financial industry for… Continue reading

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This remake of the 1956 classic is a superb revisiting of this wonderfully creepy story. San Francisco Health department officials Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams have their dull jobs… Continue reading

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JFK

BBBB (out of 5) Oliver Stone’s three hour epic of grand political investigation (and paranoia) is a thrilling, fascinating recreation of the John F. Kennedy assassination that will entertain even the most incredulous… Continue reading

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Fellini’s Casanova (Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini)

BB.5 (out of 5) Even fans of Fellini’s films will have a tough time getting through this laborious biopic of the famous lover. Instead of playing into myth and directing a Harlequin romance-inspired… Continue reading

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The Art Of War

BB.5 (out of 5) Wesley Snipes plays a cop (or something) who goes undercover to retrieve something computerized and I can’t remember anything else except that I was always seventeen steps ahead of… Continue reading

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Space Cowboys

BBBB (out of 5) Enjoyable astronaut drama that goes in The Crew territory of watching old guys ham it up for laughs, but much more effectively.  Clint Eastwood directs a great round-up of… Continue reading

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Murder By Decree (Sherlock Holmes And Saucy Jack)

BBBB (out of 5) Fans of Victorian horror stories will find much to enjoy in this delightful Sherlock Holmes mystery that seeks to unravel the legend behind Jack The Ripper. Ripper was a… Continue reading

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Virus

BB (out of 5) Cheesy Alien ripoff that stars Jamie Lee Curtis (a worthy substitute for Jamie Lee Curtis if the film was better) leading a crew of salvage sailors who board a Russian ship… Continue reading

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Reign Over Me

BBB (out of 5) Adam Sandler makes another bid for dramatic success by putting on Barbra Streisand’s hair from A Star Is Born and mourning his family. Years after being roommates with him in… Continue reading

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Lord Of War

BB.5 (out of 5) Andrew Niccol continues his criticism of our increasingly mechanized world with this insightful but underwhelming film about the rise to power of a money-minded arms dealer (Nicolas Cage). After… Continue reading

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Lock Up

BB.5 (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone is just about to be released from prison for what we’re told is a petty crime, when the rug is pulled out from under him: he is transferred… Continue reading

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MASH

BBBBB (out of 5) For war movies, we have comedies, horrific dramas, science-fiction and Apocalypse Now, which pretty much defies all the above interpretations.  What else can be made to exemplify the ridiculous… Continue reading

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