Tag Archive: Robert Downey Jr.

The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his… Continue reading

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Captain America: Civil War

BBBB (out of 5) As with many superhero narratives of late, the Avengers are facing P.R. difficulties with the world of normal people.  This is no longer the post-war society that celebrated extraordinary abilities with… Continue reading

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn… Continue reading

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Eros

BB.5 (out of 5) Three master filmmakers are asked to contribute a short film on an erotic theme in this partially successful omnibus project. The first, “The Hand” by Wong Kar Wai, is… Continue reading

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

BB.5 (out of 5) Steven Shainberg follows up his breakout success Secretary with another film that promises to bring life on the margins to the forefront but is not nearly as boundary-busting as… Continue reading

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Heart And Souls

BBBB (out of 5) When four bus passengers (Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, David Paymer) are killed in a tragic accident, their afterlife spirits keep company with a young child until he… Continue reading

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Black And White

BB (out of 5) Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about rich white kids and their identity-seeking obsession with all things black. Toback proudly stated that most of the actors were… Continue reading

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to,… Continue reading

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1969

BB.5 (out of 5) Failed attempt to recapture the glory days when America was going through a cultural revolution. Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr. play teenagers who witness change following the outbreak of the… Continue reading

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Tropic Thunder

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller continues his assault on the pretensions of show business with this hilarious follow-up to Zoolander. This time Hollywood itself is the target of the acidic humour as a… Continue reading

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what… Continue reading

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Richard III (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) So much effort has been put into the design of this stylish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays that the original material is sunken into the background… Continue reading

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A Scanner Darkly

B.5 (out of 5) Richard Linklater adapts Philip K. Dick’s story in a style that recalls his Waking Life, filming live actors and overlaying stunningly beautiful animation atop the images to incredibly powerful… Continue reading

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Gothika

BB.5 (out of 5) You know you’re in trouble when the supernatural element of the screenplay is the least far-fetched part of your movie. Halle Berry gives a terrific performance as a brilliant psychiatrist… Continue reading

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his… Continue reading

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In Dreams

BB.5 (out of 5) Very strange nightmare thriller about a children’s writer (Annette Bening) who finds her mind beng invaded by visions of a ruthless murderer (Robert Downey Jr.) who may be coming… Continue reading

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Weird Science

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two teenage geeks (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) grow tired of being the butt of all jokes at school, deciding to take their frustration to their computer screens. They… Continue reading

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Soapdish

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of this marginally hilarious comedy, Sally Field plays a soap opera star who receives yet another Daytime Emmy Award for her work on her show The Sun… Continue reading

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Restoration

BBB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is excellent in this period version of Jerry Maguire, as a successful Renaissance court surgeon who hits rock bottom after seriously avoiding his true calling (he has… Continue reading

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Lucky You

B (out of 5) Unbearable mess about a gambling addict (Eric Bana) who meets a sweet Las Vegas lounge singer (Drew Barrymore) and risks the possibility of moving away from destruction and towards… Continue reading

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The Singing Detective

B.5 (out of 5) Dennis Potter’s immensely popular British television series finds its way to the Hollywood silver screen with tragically weak results. Robert Downey Jr. couldn’t be better in the lead role, a… Continue reading

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Home For The Holidays

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. Holly Hunter plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job… Continue reading

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Natural Born Killers

BB (out of 5) Seemingly endless ride of obsession by the sledgehammer-subtle Oliver Stone will give you a headache by the time it is over. Self-righteously seeing himself as a commentator on the… Continue reading

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Iron Man 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that his status as Iron Man has made world news, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has become something of a joke, more a glorified party host than a… Continue reading

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Iron Man

BBBB (out of 5) Weapons manufacturing tycoon Robert Downey Jr. is injured during a PR stunt in Afghanistan and ends up a hostage in a terrorist cell. A kindly fellow prisoner brings him back… Continue reading

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Luck, Trust And Ketchup: Robert Altman In Carver Country

BBB (out of 5) After a decade of consistent work done mostly beyond intense critical attention (like that matters), Robert Altman found himself back in the top list of American cinema masters with… Continue reading

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Only You

BB.5 (out of 5) Marisa Tomei plays a schoolteacher who decides just days before her wedding that she has to go to Italy in search of her true love, fulfilling a destiny that… Continue reading

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Zodiac

BB (out of 5) Starting in 1969, a series of murders were attributed to a figure known only as the “Zodiac” killer for more than a decade before police gave up on the… Continue reading

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Wonder Boys

BBBBB (out of 5) Rich, uplifting comedy from Curtis Hanson, with Michael Douglas better than ever before as an aging college professor who has the weekend from hell fall in his lap: his married… Continue reading

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Good Night, And Good Luck.

BBB (out of 5) The now-forgotten, televised showdown between reporter Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and radically conservative senator Joseph McCarthy, who was making headlines for his Communist witch hunt in the early… Continue reading

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

BBBB.5 (out of 5) If L.A. Confidential was written by a wisecracking shit-disturber, you’d end up with this incredibly entertaining comedy-thriller, a sterling directorial debut by Shane Black that features excellent performances and… Continue reading

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Chaplin

BBB (out of 5) Richard Attenborough seems to be under the impression that a film about silent-screen giant Charlie Chaplin’s various sex scandals makes for a revealing look into his career. Not so,… Continue reading

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Iron Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) Once again donning his metallic armor to fight against evil and, once again, doing it with his insouciant personality well intact.  Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., who can do… Continue reading

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Chances Are

B (out of 5) Gimmicky fantasies about romances mixed up in heaven were not hard to find in the eighties, and while this one is among the more bearable, that’s not saying much.… Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes

BBBB (out of 5) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, who helped give birth to more than a century of audience appetite for detective stories on the page and on the screen, returns… Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

BBBB (out of 5) The crimefighting duo are back once again for some good, violently dirty fun, and this installment measures up in comedy and action with the wonderful original.  Jude Law‘s Watson… Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Uneventful Robert Altman film written by John Grisham, the first time he has written a story directly for the screen.  Calling it an “original” screenplay would be a misnomer,… Continue reading

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Short Cuts

BBBBB (out of 5) This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the… Continue reading

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