A Quiet Place (****) is intense, pure

#aquietplace "Of course the film is silent. It's probably the only time I have been made aware of the silence in the theater to the extent I didn't even want to adjust my position in the chair for fear I would break the spell. The few times we hear noise in the film, we have a minor sense of panic. Will that be the noise that unravels everything?"

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The Girl on the Train (***) has a familiar track

The Girl on the Train is a movie that feels like it probably was quite well enjoyed by all of the stellar cast that volunteered to be in the film.

Sicario (****1/2): The depth of darkness

Villeneuve is one of the best directors alive. He his streak is 3 near-classics and counting. His sensibility is one of quiet observation. He allows the viewer to draw his own conclusions on what they are seeing, without pushing even subtly in any direction.

Edge Of Tomorrow (***1/2): Try, try again…

Edge of Tomorrow - 2014 Director Doug Liman Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka First thing's first.  Edge of Tomorrow is a likable film.  Tom Cruise puts everything into it, just like usual.  Cruise's Major William Cage is a mouthpiece … Continue reading Edge Of Tomorrow (***1/2): Try, try again…

Looper is wound just right

Looper - 2012 Written and Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon, Garrett Dillahunt, Piper Perabo, Xu Quing, Joe Brennan The only thing that gives one pause in the first 20 minutes of the Looper is the obviously disfigured face of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Even as … Continue reading Looper is wound just right

Your Sister’s Sister is sophisticated and boring

Your Sister's Sister - 2012 Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton Starring Emily Blunt, Rosemary DeWitt, Mark Duplass Indy Rule #2 - Opening dialogue for 5 minutes is meant to replace a lack of money in the budget for any special effects. Indy Rule #431 - The tough guy in an independent film is the guy who … Continue reading Your Sister’s Sister is sophisticated and boring

The Five-Year Engagement is a little long, but it’s alright

The Five-Year Engagement - 2012 Director Nicholas Stoller Starring Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling Screenplay Stoller and Segel Statements: The questions are meant to be read while watching the film. One really should watch this film. Questions: Why is it that obscure Van Morrison songs show up in hip romantic comedies? … Continue reading The Five-Year Engagement is a little long, but it’s alright

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an calm, beautiful success

  Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - 2012 Director Lasse Hallström Starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked Written by Simon Beaufoy based on the novel by Paul Torday I do not like the taste of Salmon, but I have always enjoyed the activity of fishing in its many  forms.  There is an almost spiritual experience, in … Continue reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an calm, beautiful success

Gnomeo and Juliet: For those of you who want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare through old Elton John songs

Gnomeo and Juliet - 2011 Directed by Kell Asbury Featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osborne, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson Written by John R. Smith, Richard Sprackling Now for the something I never wanted to see category: a film about Gnomes with … Continue reading Gnomeo and Juliet: For those of you who want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare through old Elton John songs