Howard continues late career stall.
Rush feels like a time filler for Hollywood power players Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Working from an atypically cornball script from top shelf screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), the pair offers up a slick but rote sports drama...
Melodramatic biopic redeemed by soundtrack,
In 1980, Ian Curtis lead singer of rock band Joy Division committed suicide at the ripe old age of 23. The cult status built up around this young Manchurian musician is astounding. Control is a biopic detailing Curtis’s life from his late teens...
Ivory without Merchant films a bloodless, dreary tale.
Ponderous title, creaky plot, pathetically weak lead character, languorous pacing, almost total absence of emotional heft"¦ Director James Ivory’s first solo effort since Ismail Merchant, his producing partner of 50 years, died in 2005 is an...
A fascinating Cold War conspiracy.
This is only an occasionally tense but always fascinating spy story with a plot totally dependent on cloak and dagger movie tropes; the double-double-cross, the secret life hidden from loved ones, the last minute chase across the border. Still,...
Holocaust drama pulls its punches.
The Reader is a weighty film that explores the degrees to which guilt and responsibility linger for Germans living in the shadow of the Holocaust; though for convenience and palatability, the themes of subterfuge, shame and betrayal are boiled...