Roman J. Israel, Esq. (***1/2) – We can’t have nice things

There's virtually no shot at this film winning any awards, and perhaps it doesn't truly deserve any. Washington's about the only actor alive that can so eloquently display his faults as a virtue. He's able to color a little outside the lines of his somewhat limited character, but he knows the point of his character is self-analysis that the others will learn from, so he plays it like he's doomed from the start. 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens the Potter world (****1/2)

Before we go any further, I have to say this: I love this movie.

The Lobster (***1/2) is precisely as pathetic as it’s supposed to be

The overall effect to me is somewhere between amused and nails on a chalkboard. This film has appeal to people I admire, and I cannot fault them their feelings. It's a little too close to "Sprockets" for my taste. When I watch a movie or read a book, I am in for a different type of entertainment. I don't need to touch anyone's monkey but my own.

Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

                Mary Poppins - 1964 Director James Stevenson Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns Screenplay Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi based on the book by P.L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks - 2013 Director John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak, Ruth Wilson Screenplay Kelly … Continue reading Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

CPE, Em & El: Not quite an Epic, but it’ll do

Epic - 2013 Director Chris Wedge Starring Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Christoph Walz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler Written by William Joyce based on his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs In the end, I really expected nothing from this film, so I did not leave disappointed.  Epic … Continue reading CPE, Em & El: Not quite an Epic, but it’ll do

Seven Psychopaths: Sam Rockwell out-Walken’s Walken.

Seven Psychopaths - 2012 Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh Starring  Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko The craziest notion in the film Seven Psychopaths is the idea that Colin Farrell is any sort of writer.  I can buy the alcoholic part, even if it's a cheap stereotype … Continue reading Seven Psychopaths: Sam Rockwell out-Walken’s Walken.

Total Recall remakes Mars into Australia

Total Recall - 2012 Director Len Wiseman Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsdale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy, Dylan Scott Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Screenplay Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback, based on the original script by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett based on the story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick "If I'm not me, then who the hell am … Continue reading Total Recall remakes Mars into Australia

Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title

Horrible Bosses - 2011 Directed by Seth Gordon Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland Written by Michael Markowitz, John Frances Daley, Jonathan Goldstein In the ever perfectly fitting placement of poor Hollywood screenwriting, three high school friends find themselves stuck between a rock and … Continue reading Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title