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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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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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

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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Man Of Steel

BBBB (out of 5) It’s hard to imagine a superhero-led franchise more in need of making the old feel new again than that of Superman, the bland do-gooder who flies through the air… Continue reading

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The Prince Of Egypt

BBB.5 (out of 5) The story of Moses in the Old Testament’s book of Exodus is told here with little dramatic license and too much respectful gravity. Though animated beautifully, Dreamworks’ perfectly voice-casted… Continue reading

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Spanglish

B (out of 5) A little girl’s application to Princeton University is the subject of this dreadful comedy-drama. She relates, in badly written narration, the story of how she was raised by her… Continue reading

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As Good As It Gets

BBBBB (out of 5) Jack Nicholson is an anti-everything curmudgeon who finds a kindred spirit in emotionally battered waitress Helen Hunt; Greg Kinnear is a lonely painter in Nicholson’s building who is befriended by both after being viciously… Continue reading

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Black Hawk Down

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This unapologetically violent war movie achieves something almost impossible for the genre: Ridley Scott’s latest work (one that totally makes up for the same year’s absymal Hannibal) depicts an… Continue reading

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Beyond Rangoon

BBB (out of 5) A lot of potential is wasted in this true-life John Boorman-directed drama about a recently widowed doctor (Patricia Arquette) travelling through Burma with her globetrotting sister (Frances McDormand) as… Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic, haunting war movie by Terrence Malick (returning to the screen after twenty years) makes a perfect companion piece to Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan: whatever you don’t like about… Continue reading

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The Peacemaker

BBB (out of 5) Don’t listen to the mean old critics who tore Dreamworks Studios’ first production to pieces (or the box office results which didn’t exactly break the bank).  While Mimi Leder’s… Continue reading

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Shark Tale

BB (out of 5) The last time that Dreamworks went head to head with Pixar with similarly-themed animated films (Antz vs. A Bug’s Life), Dreamworks came in a close second, but this time… Continue reading

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The Road To El Dorado

BB.5 (out of 5) Uninspiring animated feature will distract the kids but doesn’t qualify among the greats. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh, both doing excellent voice work, play a couple of con artists… Continue reading

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Driving Miss Daisy

BBBB.5 (out of 5) After she gets into a car accident, a Jewish octogenarian (Jessica Tandy) in the American south of the 1930s gives in to her concerned son’s demand that she let… Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor

B (out of 5) Complete and utter bore that runs an excessive three hours and is rife with plastic dialogue, overly-photographed scenery and impossibly dull pacing. Ben Affleck (looking like he’s in a… Continue reading

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The Rock

BBB (out of 5) If you like your action movies loud as can be, you’ll love this adrenaline-pumped ride by Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbour). When an unbalanced Vietnam vet (Ed Harris) decides… Continue reading

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Point Of No Return

BB.5 (out of 5) The perfect way to examine the cultural differences between European and American cinema is by comparing this to its original, La Femme Nikita. Both start out with the tale… Continue reading

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Bird On A Wire

BB (out of 5) Generally worthless comedy that teams up a smarmy Mel Gibson and a bubbly Goldie Hawn for a forgettable caper. Years after he was presumably killed in a plane crash, Gibson shows… Continue reading

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Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

BBB.5 (out of 5) Julia Ormond is fantastic in this story about a half-Inuit woman living in Copenhagen who believes a little boy’s accidental death in her apartment building was more than just accidental.… Continue reading

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The House Of The Spirits

BB.5 (out of 5) Unfortunate waste of an excellent possibility. Isabel Allende’s epic novel has been turned into a melodrama of confusion by Danish director Bille August, a filmmaker who should never have… Continue reading

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Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron

BB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully animated but emotionally dull adventure film about the experiences of a horse living on the brink of modernized America. Enjoying his life as a wild mustang on the… Continue reading

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