Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (***) but why, exactly?

James does the character a fair tribute. This film succeeds largely due to her great impression of Streep's original interpretation. Like the best retracings of characters, though, she paints enough outside the lines so we get to enjoy some amount of growth, even if we know where her story leads. Lily James deserves better than a sequel like this, even if she helps to elevate it to an above average film.

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Dead Man Down: Since they rarely stand up…

Dead Man Down - 2013 Director Niels Arden Oplev Starring Colin Ferrell, Noomi Rapace, Terence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, F. Murray Abraham, Armand Assante Written by J.H. Wyman A good movie with a stupid title is often impossible to overcome.  Dead Man Down is a multi-tiered revenge tale in which a mobster Alphonse Hoyt (Howard) feels the … Continue reading Dead Man Down: Since they rarely stand up…

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - 2012 Director Timur Bekmambetov Cast Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Martin Csokas, Alan Tudyk Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith There is something good to be said for just going for it.  In the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we have a concept that is ridiculous beyond measure.  The 16th … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce

The Devil’s Double is dependent on your desire to see some of what you heard

The Devil's Double - 2011 Directed by Lee Tamahori Starring Dominic Cooper, Philip Quast, Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaïssa, Mehmet Ferda Screenplay by Michael Thomas based on the autobiography of Latif Yahia One of the critical praises of this film used on the cover of the DVD is that The Devil's Double is like a combination of Goodfellas and Scarface.  Goodfellas in the faintest … Continue reading The Devil’s Double is dependent on your desire to see some of what you heard