With Focus, we get to see the planning, tricks and strategies of the con. It’s like pulling back the curtain, angling the mirrors, or opening the box or cage to show the audience how the trick was accomplished. For some, that can be a let down — one may not want to witness how the sausage is made.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford; directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner; directed by Clint Eastwood
This week’s review is written using portions of the text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (delivered Aug.0 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.); with apologies to him and all who have been inspired by his powerful words.
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The annual year-end list of movies shows — yet again — that these are just that: Lists. It all depends on who’s doing the sorting and on what basis. For example, here are some lists that show the absurdity of the whole endeavor and justify why some — including artists themselves — eschew awards and reject the notion of comparing artistic endeavors.
Big Hero 6
If you’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon (and its sequel), you’ve seen this one as they both have the following:
Young man, who is scrawny and nerdy and about 8-11 years old, is the lead character.
Young man lead character endures estrangement from family.
Starring Matthew McConaughey,
Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I saw these films together and so will review them together. But I’m having a hard time deciding which one to review first, or even which one I liked better. I just can’t seem to get started.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell; directed by
This week’s review is written by Caesar, an ape critic who can amazingly utter rudimentary English (as opposed to French, or Portuguese, or Swahili) with some helpful translation: