Unfinished Business (**) is jumbled, strange and sincere

"Whether one enjoys this film or not depends on how drawn one is to Wilkinson, Price and Vaughn and how much someone can withstand Franco. Don't rent this if you are looking for a comedy, but don't expect to be as disappointed as you've heard. "

Selma (*****): There can be no better time for this

Selma - 2014 Director Ava DuVernay Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Common, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Niecy Nash, Colman Domingo, Giovanni Ribisi, Dylan Baker, Alessandro Nivola, Keith Stanfield, André Holland, Tessa Thompson, Wendell Pierce, Henry G. Sanders Screenplay by Paul Webb There are many strong feelings evoked for the viewer of Selma. In a country that is still struggling with the callouses of racial wounds, … Continue reading Selma (*****): There can be no better time for this

Belle (****) is a beautiful complicated being

Belle - 2013 Director Amma Asante Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, James Norton Screenplay Misan Segay and Asante Belle has a premise quite unlike any I have seen.  This is not to say that there are no films that have covered the idea of race, freedom and proper British society … Continue reading Belle (****) is a beautiful complicated being

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

The Lone Ranger: Waiting for Depp to fail.

The Lone Ranger - 2013 Director Gore Verbinski Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham Carter Screenplay Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio The Lone Ranger was pretty much announced DOA when it was released in July 2013.  Why is pretty much tea leaf readings based on production difficulties, a general distaste for Jerry Bruckheimer and … Continue reading The Lone Ranger: Waiting for Depp to fail.

Samuel L. Jackson is The Samaritan: Need I say more?

The Samaritan - 2012 Director David Weaver Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, Gil Bellows, Aaron Poole, Debra Kara Unger Screenplay Weaver and Elan Mastai Iris: "I can't remember the last time I did something I was proud of." Foley: "I know what you mean." Foley (Jackson) is a grifter, who did 25 … Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson is The Samaritan: Need I say more?

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: British in repose

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - 2012 Director John Madden Starring Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tena Desae Screenplay Ol Parker "Why would you not go out?  There's so much to see.  All life is here, Mrs. Ainsle." The relationship between India and England is … Continue reading The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: British in repose

The Conspirator reveals a dangerous tipping point in our country’s history

The Conspirator - 2010 Directed by Robert Redford Starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Justin Long, Danny Huston, Alexis Bledel Written by James D. Solomon "...I too, hold sacred our rights, counselor.  But they count, not at all, if our nation ceases to exist." These words from Secretary of … Continue reading The Conspirator reveals a dangerous tipping point in our country’s history