Movie Review: OVERLORD

OVERLORD movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Glanny Taufer, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, story by Billy Ray Director: Julius Avery Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 9, 2018 OVERLORD is a new entry in the rich tradition of mixing Nazis and horror. Unlike most other entries in this often low-budget subgenre, OVERLORD is not only comparatively well-funded, but it also works throughout as a pretty good WWII combat mission movie, albeit with some super-gory twists. We see OVERLORD mostly from the viewpoint of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SECRET IN THEIR EYES

SECRET IN THEIR EYES movie poster | ©2015 STX Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham Writer: Billy Ray, based on the screenplay for EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS by Juan Jose Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri Director: Billy Ray Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2015 The 2009 Argentinean film EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS was well-reviewed and well-respected. Now an English-language adaptation by director/screenwriter Billy Ray, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, is here, and something seems to have been lost in translation. A lot of key plot points are the same, but whether it’s due to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS | (c) 2013 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vasquez, David Warshofsky Writer: Billy Ray, based on the book A CAPTAIN’S DUTY: SOMALI PIRATES, NAVY SEALS, AND DANGEROUS DAYS AT SEA by Richard Phillips with Stephen Talty Director: Paul Greengrass Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 11, 2013 Even before Johnny Depp repeatedly set sail under the Disney flag, sea-going piracy in the popular imagination tends toward the sword-wielding, rum-swilling skull-and-crossbones proud individualists. Modern-day piracy is neither colorful nor romantic, but simply a scary, deadly business. […]Read On »

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The Great HUNGER GAMES Rip-Off

Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Lionsgate

They say that there are only seven stories, aka plots, and that every story we’ve ever read, heard, or seen in a film, is either one of those seven, or a combination of one or more of them. Proof of this was recently hammered home in a big way via the AVATAR/POCAHONTAS/FERNGULLY debacle. While I’m a big fan of mash-ups, aka taking elements of several existing stories, lyrics, or melodies, and making them into one new-ish one, I do find it odd that with all the hoopla surrounding this season’s darling, THE HUNGER GAMES – no one seems to remember […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES

THE HUNGER GAMES final poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland Writers: Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 23, 2012 Not having read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel THE HUNGER GAMES, this reviewer can only report secondhand on the film version’s fidelity to the source material (according to those who have read the book, it’s fairly close). As to how well the HUNGER GAMES movie stands up on its own, it is a good […]Read On »

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