All posts tagged: Movie Review

Movie Review: State of Play

STATE OF PLAY When a Congressman’s assistant is murdered, a team of reporters join forces with the police to get to the bottom of the case. They delve into the politician’s past to find answers. CAST: Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright. DIRECTOR: Kevin Macdonald We watched this one on Netflix last night solely on the basis Helen Mirren was in it, knowing nothing about what the movie was all about. As it turns out, Helen was in fine form playing herself, next to Russell doing a dab impersonation of, well, Russell Crowe (aka Cal McAffrey). And, oh, look, as the side kick to his snide, seasoned reporter, read: pain in the ass, there is Rachel McAdams looking 12 years old playing upstart blogger Della Frye. Throw in Batman and… oh, what? Oh, okay, Ben Affleck playing U.S. Congressman, Stephen Collins, being, well, Mister Woody himself—if he got any more wooden, I swear he’d sprout leaves—and you have one very expensive cast in a very mediocre thriller involving corrupt senators, a …

Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Director: Josie Rourke Writers: Beau Willimon, John Guy Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie

Movie Review: The Dressmaker (2016)

THE DRESSMAKER Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong. Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Writers: Rosalie Ham, Jocelyn Moorhouse, and P.J. Hogan Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving

Movie Review: Crooked House

CROOKED HOUSE The granddaughter of late Greek-British business tycoon Aristide Leonides, Sophia Leonides, visits private investigator Charles Hayward in his office. Sophia wants Charles to investigate Aristide’s death, for she believes he was murdered by a member of his sprawling and idiosyncratic family. Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner 
Writers: Julian Fellowes, Tim Rose Price and Gilles Paquet-Brenner
 Starring: Glen Close, Terrence Stamp, Max Irons, Gillian Anderson and Stefanie Martini Genre: Murder-Mystery