Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Foxcatcher - 2014 Director Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman A story about misfits can be a sweet thing about overcoming adversity. In the case of Mark (Tatum) and Dave Shultz' (Ruffalo) intersection with John "Golden Eagle" du Pont (Carrell), it is an eerie and dangerous … Continue reading Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

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The Butler (***1/2) – Broad strokes don’t work as well as fine detail

The Butler - 2013Directed by Lee Daniels Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terence Howard, David Oyelowo, Elijah Kelley, David Banner, Mariah Carey, Adriane Lenox, Yaya DaCosta, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Clarence Williams III, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Colman Domingo, Robin Williams, James DuMont, Robert Aberdeen, James Mardsen, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber. John Cusack, Alex Manette, Colin … Continue reading The Butler (***1/2) – Broad strokes don’t work as well as fine detail

Coriolanus: Shakespeare works best in its original Klingon

Coriolanus - 2012 Director Ralph Fiennes Starring Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Paul Jesson, John Kani Screenplay John Logan based on the play by William Shakespeare Before I say anything else, I must say this: Coriolanus is nonsense.  Out of context and out of its time, it is the square peg trying stubbornly to fit within … Continue reading Coriolanus: Shakespeare works best in its original Klingon

Anonymous: Hey, is that Bill Shakespeare over there?

Anonymous - 2011 Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower Written by  John Orloff I've never been a fan of Shakespeare.  It was hoisted upon my unsuspecting and inexperienced childhood in such a way as to feel like … Continue reading Anonymous: Hey, is that Bill Shakespeare over there?