Tag Archive: John Malkovich

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

BB (out of 5) It is not that shocking to see a Hollywood movie in which misfit teens are played by actors who are far more attractive than outsiders tend to be in… Continue reading

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Beyond The Clouds (Al Di La Delle Nuvole)

BB.5 (out of 5) Michelangelo Antonioni’s first completed feature after suffering a stroke in 1985 ended up being his last, with only the short in the Eros omnibus completed after this one. It… Continue reading

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Ghost World

BBBB (out of 5) Unforgettably funny look at the growing pains of high school girl Enid (Thora Birch) who doesn’t fit in with the perky teenagers around her, but is too smart and… Continue reading

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Con Air

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage returns home to his pregnant wife (Monica Potter) after serving in a high-ranking military outfit, only to be caught defending her from bar thugs and thrown in jail… Continue reading

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

BBB.5 (0ut of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film release after Titanic is this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. Aging musketeers Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne and John Malkovich come out of retirement to end… Continue reading

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Art School Confidential

BB (out of 5) Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted teenagers that he exposed so well in Ghost World but with inferior results. Max Minghella plays an aspiring artist who finds himself… Continue reading

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Of Mice And Men (1992)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by writer-director-star Gary Sinise, pre-Forrest Gump fame. He gives an excellent performance as George, a… Continue reading

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Lines Of Wellington

BBB (out of 5) Raoul Ruiz was in pre-production of this epic examination of Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1810 when he passed away at the age of 70, prompting producers to hire… Continue reading

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Klimt

BBB (out of 5) Raoul Ruiz employs the same free camera movement and loose narrative style that made Time Regained such a masterpiece for this less successful but still worthwhile portrait of Gustav… Continue reading

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Jennifer Eight

BB.5 (out of 5) As blind-girls-in-peril movies go, Blink is far superior to this mundane thriller. Andy Garcia plays a cop recently relocated to a small town who finds himself partnered up with Lance Henriksen on the… Continue reading

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Juno

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless… Continue reading

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Shadow Of The Vampire

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous film by E. Elias Merhige that fictionalizes the accounts surrounding the filming of F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The real production of Nosferatu is still so fraught… Continue reading

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The Dancer Upstairs

BB.5 (out of 5) For all its passionate photography, score, convoluted political story and rich cast, this is a surprisingly unaffecting movie. Directed by John Malkovich, it stars Javier Bardem as a South American… Continue reading

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Adaptation.

BBBB (out of 5) For writer Charlie Kaufman, the line between reality and fiction is a blurry, obscure dream that often escapes his grasp; his contribution to Spike Jonze’s latest comedy demonstrates this… Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

BBBB (out of 5) The perfect combination: the British dream it up and the Americans pay for it, and all movies should be made this way. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up to… Continue reading

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Johnny English

B (out of 5) Rowan Atkinson, playing a character who is basically Mr. Bean with dialogue, is a low-level employee of MI-6 who is recruited into action when every single agency spy is… Continue reading

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The Glass Menagerie

BBB (out of 5) After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better to direct a film version of one of the southern scribe’s… Continue reading

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Empire Of The Sun

BBBB (out of 5) Christian Bale stars as a British boy living in Shanghai who is separated from his parents and taken to a prisoner of war camp when the Japanese invade the city.… Continue reading

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In The Line Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Trust Wolfgang Petersen to come up with a cop thriller that’s a good cut above the genre average. Clint Eastwood plays a near-retired agent who never got over the… Continue reading

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Eleni

BB.5 (out of 5) A Greek freedom fighter who was killed for resisting the communists during the Civil war of the fifties is the subject of this unevenly directed melodrama. Thirty years later,… 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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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s. Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times… Continue reading

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The Libertine

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting drama based on the play by Stephen Jeffreys (who also wrote the witty screenplay) about the real-life Earl Of Rochester (aka John Wilton) who was famed for his… Continue reading

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A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)

BBBB (out of 5) Manoel de Oliveira, who was an astonishing 95 at the time he made this film, creates an obviously allegorical but satisfying and memorable film that examines human relations throughout… Continue reading

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I’m Going Home (Je Rentre A La Maison)

BBB (out of 5) Sweet, minor tale about an aging actor (Michel Piccoli) who learns on the night of a high-profile performance that his wife, daughter and son-in-law have been killed in a… Continue reading

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Mary Reilly

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying, moody thriller that tells the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the point of view of one of the doctor’s chambermaids (Julia Roberts). Based on the… Continue reading

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Dangerous Liaisons

BBBBB (out of 5) There are so many plush costumes, so many opulent sets, so many terrific plot maneuvers, fantastic snippets of dialogue and juicy performances that you just don’t know which to… Continue reading

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Changeling

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood goes the tearjerker route with this surprisingly effective melodrama based on a true story. If for no other reason, he gets major points for not putting “Based… Continue reading

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Ripley’s Game

BBBB (out of 5) Years after he originally showed us his talents by killing and assimilating his best friend, Tom Ripley (John Malkovich, at the very peak of his slithering form) lives the… Continue reading

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Time Regained (Le temps retrouvé, d’après l’oeuvre de Marcel Proust)

BBBBB (out of 5) Sometimes tough to follow but richly rewarding adaptation of one part of Marcel Proust’s supposedly unfilmable “Remembrance Of Things Past”. As he lies dying in bed, Proust recalls all… Continue reading

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The Sheltering Sky

BB (out of 5) Bernardo Bertolucci follows his multi-Oscar awarded The Last Emperor with an adaptation of Paul Bowles’ marvelous novel, injecting his own familiar brand of sensual detail to the tale of travellers crossing Algeria… Continue reading

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Places In The Heart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sally Field won her second Academy Award for her strong performance in this rural drama. After her sheriff husband is accidentally shot by a young boy playing with a gun in… Continue reading

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

BB.5 (out of 5) More junk madness as the famous eighties toys return for their second sequel to the 2007 hit film. Michael Bay is once again at the helm of a loud,… Continue reading

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Burn After Reading

BBB (out of 5) After getting fired from a relatively low-level job at the CIA, irate former agent John Malkovich decides that the best plan of action is to write a tell-all memoir about… Continue reading

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The Portrait Of A Lady

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the richest and most rewarding adaptations of a Henry James novel. Nicole Kidman is at her peak as a young woman from America who travels to Europe to… Continue reading

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Being John Malkovich

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant comedy that sets audience expectation on its ear. An office temp (John Cusack) finds a portal in his filing room that leads into the mind of John Malkovich and… Continue reading

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Shadows And Fog

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work hard at it). He wastes a… Continue reading

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