Tag Archive: Hans Zimmer

Hidden Figures

BBBB (out of 5) The space race is a well documented period in American twentieth-century history, the project to get a man on the moon before the Russians could best the U.S.A. a… Continue reading

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

BB.5 (out of 5) The inability to keep Superman in check makes a number of people nervous, including a skeptical senator (a perfectly game Holly Hunter) and a fellow superhero from a neighbouring… Continue reading

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Winter’s Tale

0 (out of 5) An incomprehensible mess that gives you a glimpse of what it looks like when good actors die for our sins.  Colin Farrell is raised an orphan after his parents… Continue reading

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Interstellar

B.5 (out of 5) In the not-too-distant future, the scarcity of food has made agriculture the world’s primary focus, with sciences relegated to as frivolous a pursuit as acting, and historical events like… Continue reading

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Rush

BBB.5 (out of 5) The real-life rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt provides the spine of this thoughtful and diverting drama set in the world of fast cars and… Continue reading

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his… Continue reading

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Kung Fu Panda 2

BBB (out of 5) The cuddly martial arts hero who bested all odds returns for another adventure in this colourful sequel to the 2008 hit. Jack Black voices panda bear Po once again as… 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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Rango

BBBB (out of 5) Did you ever wonder what all those scaly critters were doing during westerns while John Wayne was duking it out against the bad guys? Apparently having a showdown of… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

BB (out of 5) Johnny Depp hilariously sashays his way through another overblown mess in this third pirate adventure inspired by the Disneyland ride. Picking up where the last chapter left off (the two… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

B (out of 5) Hackneyed sequel to the successful original is only worthwhile as a continued showcase for Johnny Depp‘s immensely likable Captain Jack Sparrow. Orlando Bloom‘s Will Turner is arrested along with… Continue reading

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The Weather Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen… Continue reading

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The Ring

BB (out of 5) Flat, tepid thriller that steals from every film of its kind.  Naomi Watts stars as a driven journalist whose niece mysteriously dies of a stroke seven days after watching a… Continue reading

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Broken Arrow (1996)

BBB.5 (out of 5) This exciting adventure stars Christian Slater and John Travolta as bomber pilots whose flying mission goes awry and the top-secret weapons they are carrying go missing. Or do they? It seems… Continue reading

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The Simpsons Movie

BB.5 (out of 5) Television’s longest running sitcom, and one of the warmest, wittiest skewerings of popular American culture, gets its shot at the silver screen with this lovely adventure which basically plays… Continue reading

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12 Years A Slave

BBBB (out of 5) A rarely told tale is that of Solomon Northup, a free musician from Saratoga who was hired by two men for a performance gig and then drugged and sold… Continue reading

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The Pledge

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson plays a retiring police officer whose small town is shocked by the rape and murder of a little girl on the night of his retirement party. Deciding to… Continue reading

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Kung Fu Panda

BBBB (out of 5) Po is a panda bear (voiced by Jack Black) whose duck father wants him to grow up and become a master of noodle soup like himself. Po dreams of… Continue reading

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Batman Begins

BBBB (out of 5) The winged rodent superhero is back, and he’s a sight for sore eyes in this dark, brooding and exciting adventure by Memento‘s Christopher Nolan. Giving us more insight into… Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises

BBB (out of 5) It has been eight years since the events of The Dark Knight and we find Bruce Wayne a broken, downtrodden man; physically he is destroyed, financially he is spiraling… Continue reading

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The Dark Knight

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Darker days ahead for a Gotham City that is so over with crime that cops are dressing up like the Caped Crusader in an effort to step up his… Continue reading

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Inception

BB.5 (out of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd business of invading people’s dreams in order to extract sensitive information which is valuable to people who pay him big bucks. The process… Continue reading

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The Last Days

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Harrowing, captivating documentary that centres on the personal recollections of six Hungarian Holocaust survivors. This group of individuals was sent to camps in the last months of World War… Continue reading

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Something’s Gotta Give

BBBB (out of 5) Jack Nicholson is vacationing with much younger girlfriend Amanda Peet at her Hamptons home when he collapses and has a heart attack. Forced to stay at her getaway until he recovers,… Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

BBB (out of 5) Ten years after her husband (Alec Baldwin) left her for a much younger woman, Meryl Streep is a confident and adjusted single woman with three kids and a collection of… Continue reading

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The Holiday

BB.5 (out of 5) Kate Winslet is heartbroken when she discovers that the man who dumped her years before (Rufus Sewell), but for whom she still carries a torch, is marrying another woman. Cameron… Continue reading

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A World Apart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Like A Dry White Season, this film illuminates the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, though unlike Euzhan Palcy’s film it is not a conventional thriller. Jodhi May is terrific… Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Wife

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though lazily directed by Penny Marshall, this modern update of The Bishop’s Wife is well worth watching.  Courtney B. Vance plays a severely depressed preacher who is losing his faith… 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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Renaissance Man

B (out of 5) Dead Poets Society goes to the army when Danny DeVito loses his position at a swanky advertising firm and is forced to take a job teaching English at an army… Continue reading

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Riding In Cars With Boys

BBB (out of 5) Drew Barrymore once again outdoes herself in this heartwarming film based on the autobiography of Beverly D’Onofrio, a woman whose career in writing was set back by a teenage pregnancy… Continue reading

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Toys

B (out of 5) Visual splendour is compromised by a nonsensical screenplay in this Robin Williams comedy directed by Barry Levinson to little effect. When his uncle (Donald O’Connor) dies and leaves him… Continue reading

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Crimson Tide

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a ride! Submarines haven’t been this much fun since The Hunt For Red October, and if the fact that this film’s advertising campaign (red poster and everything) is… Continue reading

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to… Continue reading

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into… Continue reading

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Pacific Heights

BBB (out of 5) Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine finally get to purchase their dream home atop a gorgeous San Francisco hill, but with the expense of the house comes the need for a tenant.… Continue reading

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Something To Talk About

BBB.5 (out of 5) Writer Callie Khouri goes from the seriousness of Thelma and Louise to a lighter touch in dealing with the issues that southern women face in their everyday culture. Julia… Continue reading

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Angels & Demons

B.5 (out of 5) The success of the first film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel meant a sequel couldn’t be too far behind, and here it is, quickly produced and thoroughly inferior… Continue reading

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Frost/Nixon

BBBB (out of 5) Talk show host David Frost has had success in Britain and Australia but has yet to corner the American market, making it that much more insane an idea when… Continue reading

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The DaVinci Code

BBB.5 (out of 5) Is anyone else here amazed that a millennial-old institution is having its very foundations shaken by a Barnes & Noble Must-Read and a movie by Ron Howard, director of… Continue reading

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Insignificance

BBB (out of 5) Marilyn Monroe shows up at Albert Einstein’s hotel room one evening and explains to him the theory of relativity. Soon afterwards, Senator Joe McCarthy comes to badger Einstein about… Continue reading

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Rain Man

BBBB (out of 5) This touching family drama was completely overrated at the time of its release but it still has good reason to be remembered.  Tom Cruise plays a bitter, emotionally distant importer… Continue reading

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Matchstick Men

BBB (out of 5) Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists (or “matchstick men” as the title suggests) who trick people into buying worthless water filtration systems and then pretend to be… 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 plot is… Continue reading

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Gladiator

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Ridley Scott’s best film in years is this astonishing epic of Roman proportions about a general (Russell Crowe) who is demoted to gladiator slave when the kindhearted emperor (Richard… Continue reading

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King Arthur

B (out of 5) For all its claims at historical accuracy, there’s nothing particularly credible in this butt-numbing epic. That said, Braveheart wasn’t that much more successful at reflecting history accurately but at… Continue reading

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Tears Of The Sun

BB.5 (out of 5) Bruce Willis stated that he made this film as a way of showing support for President George W. Bush’s desire to launch a massive attack on Iraq. He plays a… Continue reading

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Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

BB (out of 5) In this ridiculous thriller, Dylan McDermott plays a struggling writer trying to make it in the world of literature, spending his days as a real estate agent to get by… Continue reading

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Regarding Henry

BBB.5 (out of 5) Recreating the charm of Frank Capra classics is attempted in this enjoyable heartwarmer by Mike Nichols. He even casts it perfectly by putting Harrison Ford, the modern-day Gary Cooper,… Continue reading

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