Movie Review: THE GOLDFINCH

THE GOLDFINCH movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson, Ashleigh Cummings, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Willa Fitzgerald, Denis O’Hare, Aimee Laurence, Ryan Foust Writer: Peter Straughan, based on the novel by Donna Tartt Director: John Crowley Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 13, 2019 THE GOLDFINCH movie shares its title not only on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Donna Tartt novel on which it is based, but also with a real-world 1654 painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius. The “Goldfinch” painting is famous for having survived an explosion that killed Fabritius and destroyed most of his […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SNOWMAN

THE SNOWMAN movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Michael Yates, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, James D’Arcy Writers: Peter Straughan and Hossein Amini and Saren Sveistrup, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 20, 2017 There might never be a great week for it, but this feels like especially bad timing for a movie like THE SNOWMAN to be released. With #MeToo hashtags prominent on the Internet and discussion of gender imbalance everywhere, this doesn’t seem like the best moment for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DEBT

THE DEBT movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Marton Czokas, Sam Worthington, Jesper Christensen, Romi Aboulafia Writers: Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, based on the Israeli film HA-HOV written by Assaf Bernstein & Ido Rosenblum Director: John Madden Distributor: Focus Features/Miramax Release Date: September 2, 2011 Based on the 2007 Israeli film HA-HOV, THE DEBT moves fluidly between two timelines over thirty years apart. In 1997, Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) and her ex-husband Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson) are jointly proud of their daughter Sarah (Romi Aboulafia), who has written a book about their heroic […]Read On »

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