Tag Archives: Kate Winslet

Triple 9 review — Guns and guts in peach tree country

Directed by John Hillcoat | Written by Matt Cook | 115 min | ▲▲▲△△ Australian director Hillcoat is a deliverer of masculine, violent genre tales such as The Proposition and Lawless. While he's not colluding with his partner-in-crime Nick Cave this time out, this picture isn't much of a departure in a story of (mostly) bad men. If anything the… Read More

Remembering Alan Rickman and David Bowie

It's been a rough week, absorbing the news that actor, writer, and director Alan Rickman, and creative icon David Bowie, have died. Both were 69. A Shakespearean thesp in the UK, most audiences in North America were introduced to Alan Rickman with the one-two punch of Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). He's remarkable… Read More

Divergent review

Directed by Neil Burger Written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, from the novel by Veronica Roth It's been a while since I've had such aggressively ambivalent feelings about a movie. While I felt the premise and many of the plot details were ridiculous and poorly thought-out, I really enjoyed the feature's execution: The direction,… Read More

Labor Day review

Directed by Jason ReitmanWritten by Reitman based on the novel by Joyce MaynardWow, this is a tough one to get my head around. Why would Reitman, director of edgy, hip dramedies Young Adult, Up In The Air and Juno, tackle this kind of material? This is a total Hallmark/Lifetime TV movie, described in at least one… Read More

Contagion review

Directed by Steven SoderberghWritten by Scott Z. BurnsIt's been a couple weeks since I saw Contagion and it's taken me awhile to sit down and collect my thoughts about the film. That's partly because it didn't wow me... I enjoyed it but didn't feel it needed my prompt assessment. Maybe some movies are just easier… Read More