The 15:17 To Paris (***): 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

The 15:17 to Paris - 2018 Director Clint Eastwood Screenplay Dorothy Blyskal Starring  Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani This is where the breakdown happens in Clint Eastwood, post Obama. His political leanings have guided his cinematic choices over the last decade. He's making films based on real events and people, letting his beliefs out through … Continue reading The 15:17 To Paris (***): 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

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Sully (****1/2) provides a perfect landing

A good film leaves you wanting more, but knowing you've seen enough. Eastwood shows glimpses of Sully's past when they apply to how it made the hero with whom we're presented. His doubt is resistant to every indication that he deserves praise. It makes a remarkably satisfying result when we finally see the tide is turned in his own self-analysis. Hanks does all of this with a dry poignancy that is matched by Eastwood's spare presentation. If ever two talents were meant to work together, it is these two.

American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

American Sniper - 2014 Director Clint Eastwood Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban Screenplay Jason Hall based on the book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice When looking into the game plan of documenting a martyr, it's not easy to present the subject as a whole person, flaws and all. One of the … Continue reading American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

Jersey Boys (***1/2) is solid but dims the power of the band

Jersey Boys - 2014 Director Clint Eastwood Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken Screenplay based on the play by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice  When reviewing a movie based upon a musical, it's hard to see the origin material as anything other than a starting point. Most of the events may have happened in one form … Continue reading Jersey Boys (***1/2) is solid but dims the power of the band

Trouble with the Curve: No middle ground

Trouble with the Curve - 2012 Directed by Robert Lorenz Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Scott Eastwood, Jay Galloway Screenplay Randy Brown Early on, there is a scene where baseball men are talking in the organizational offices of the Atlanta Braves.  The discussion is revolves around whether Gus Lobel (Eastwood) … Continue reading Trouble with the Curve: No middle ground

Forgotten Gems: First Blood

  First Blood - 1982 Directed by Ted Kotcheff Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, David Caruso, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett, Chris Mulkey Written by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone based on the novel by David Morrell There was a time when Stallone didn't need 32 costars to carry a film.  In the case of First Blood, he … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: First Blood

Rango: flawless animation, great voice work, recycled story

Rango - 2011 Directed by Gore Verbinski Starring the voices of Johnny Depp, Ned Beatty, Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Abigal Breslin, Ray Winstone, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant Written by John Logan Rango  starts off with a protagonist acting so strangely, one can't help wondering if he isn't more than a … Continue reading Rango: flawless animation, great voice work, recycled story