Tag Archive: Matt Damon

Manchester By The Sea

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) works for demanding tenants all day and drinks alone in his miserable basement apartment at night, except for the evenings he spends picking fights in… Continue reading

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Jason Bourne

BBB (out of 5) It’s been a while since the world’s toughest amnesiac was on the big screen, and since the detour with his colleague didn’t set screens on fire with The Bourne Legacy, they’ve brought… Continue reading

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The Martian

BBB (out of 5) A science expedition on the red planet encounters a storm that almost destroys the crew’s makeshift habitat, with one member (Matt Damon) injured by a windblown satellite.  The rest… 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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Courage Under Fire

BB (out of 5) Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent considering its story: based on real events, it tells the tale of a United States soldier (Denzel Washington) investigating the… Continue reading

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation… Continue reading

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All The Pretty Horses

BBBB (out of 5) Hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s celebrated novel. Finding himself without a home after his Hollywood-bound mother sells the family’s Texas ranch, Matt Damon travels down to Mexico with best… Continue reading

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Dogma

BB.5 (out of 5) Kevin Smith stepped into unnecessary controversy when he released this spoof on Catholicism, one which isn’t in any way offensive to anybody smart enough to view it with an… Continue reading

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Chasing Amy

BBB (out of 5) Kevin Smith’s modern character piece is a feast for those who love great relationship studies. Ben Affleck plays a comic book artist who finds himself thrown into the deep… Continue reading

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Mystic Pizza

BBBB (out of 5) This charmer tells the tale of two Portuguese-American sisters and their best friend living in Massachusetts and working in a local pizza parlor:  Lili Taylor has left Vincent D’Onofrio at… Continue reading

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School Ties

BB.5 (out of 5) In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly Hills, 90210, Brendan Fraser plays a high school student whose exceptional scholastic achievements have earned him entrance into a high-ranking prep school. To… Continue reading

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The Bourne Identity

BBB.5 (out of 5) Flawed and uneven but breezily enjoyable adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s popular spy novel.  Matt Damon is an amnesiac who is saved from choppy Mediterranean waters by French fishermen, then begins… Continue reading

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Margaret

BB (out of 5) Anna Paquin is a hormonal, hypersensitive, sometimes charismatic but mostly trite teenager who, on a random shopping excursion to look for a hat, finds herself in the middle of a… Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan

BBBB (out of 5) The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s excellent film is one of the best war movies ever made. Perfect editing, sound design and realistic photography draw you in and… 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 Supremacy

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A major Hollywood studio hasn’t put out a blockbuster this intelligent and entertaining in a very, very long time.  Matt Damon returns to the role he created in the 2001… Continue reading

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Elysium

BBBB (out of 5) Being a member of the privileged classes only gets better in the future, with an overpopulated, diseased and polluted planet Earth abandoned by the elite who have taken up… Continue reading

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The Brothers Grimm

BB.5 (out of 5) After numerous post-production delays, Terry Gilliam’s muddled fantasy film was finally released and revealed to be just as heavy-handed and unfocused as his last attempt in the genre, The… Continue reading

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Stuck On You

BBBB (out of 5) Walt and Bob Tenor (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) are twin brothers who were born conjoined at the hip and have lived that way, quite comfortably, for thirty years… Continue reading

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Che: Part Two

BBB (out of 5) The biographical look at the revolutionary who made his name in the Cuban revolution is continued in this complete change of pace from Part One.  Director Steven Soderbergh even… Continue reading

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The Good Shepherd

BB (out of 5) Talky, boring, ridiculously long political drama, director Robert De Niro’s three hour epic on the creation of the CIA labours under the monotony of quiet conversations. Matt Damon is a… Continue reading

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Contagion

BBBB (out of 5) A business executive comes home from a business trip in Hong Kong and, two days later, dies of a very severe flu-like virus. Within a few days, a couple… Continue reading

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The Informant!

BB.5 (out of 5) No amount of knowledge about corporate greed or shady business conspiracies could possibly prepare you for this outrageous tale, based on a true story. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) is… Continue reading

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The Rainmaker (1997)

BB (out of 5) Matt Damon preceded his Good Will Hunting Oscar win with this unbalanced John Grisham adaptation about a young lawyer newly out of school.  He takes on a David vs.… Continue reading

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The Departed

BBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese returns to the mean streets of Gangland (this time in Boston) for a riveting action drama that is as rich in character as it is in torrid… Continue reading

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True Grit (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) Hailee Steinfeld is excellent as a fourteen year-old girl who leaves her rural county to head to the big city afind the man who shot her father. Having deduced… Continue reading

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Gerry

BBB (out of 5) Two average guys (provided you think that white, inarticulate twenty-something guys are average, which is another reason to be disappointed in Gus Van Sant these days) take a long… Continue reading

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Invictus

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nelson Mandela is released from prison after twenty seven years as a political prisoner, and goes on to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa by an… Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting

BBBB (out of 5) Matt Damon plays a math genius who is hiding his light under a bushel by working odd jobs as a construction worker and janitor. Best friend Ben Affleck stands… Continue reading

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Hereafter

BB.5 (out of 5) Clint Eastwood usually presents a deft combination of soul-stirring fancy and hard-hitting realism: the missing child plot of Changeling or the melodramatic pathos of Million Dollar Baby are just… Continue reading

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Inside Job

BBBBB (out of 5) The economic crash of 2008 was attributed to the housing bubble bursting in America, but this film wants to probe deeper into the situation and find out more about… Continue reading

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

BBBBB (out of 5) Fantastic tribute to Alfred Hitchcock movies features a letter-perfect performance from Matt Damon as the titular villain, a man whose loneliness and poverty render him useless among 1950s American aristocracy, therefore… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Thirteen

BBB (out of 5) Elliott Gould gets screwed over by business partner Al Pacino and ends up near-comatose in bed after a heart attack. His friends, led by suave George Clooney, decide to get revenge… Continue reading

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Syriana

BB.5 (out of 5) Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Traffic, wants so much to make a film worthy of Steven Soderbergh’s drug-trade classic that he simply photocopies its cinematography and editing and… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Twelve

BBB.5 (out of 5) After having robbed Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel of over a hundred million dollars, the eleven slick thieves of the first film are visited by the casino’s owner, Andy Garcia,… Continue reading

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

BB.5 (out of 5) Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) made quite a career for himself: a published songwriter, television game show producer, and CIA hitman all in one lifetime. According to his autobiography, Barris… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Eleven

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Of the three heist films to come out in 2001 (the other two being The Score and Heist), this is far and away the king of them all. An… Continue reading

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Titan A.E.

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent animated science-fiction adventure that makes up for its so-so storyline with amazing visual panache and a healthy dose of imagination. Great voice acting from the likes of Matt… 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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