Movie Review: THE GUNMAN

THE GUNMAN | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba Writers: Don MacPherson and Peter Travis, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: Open Road Release Date: March 20, 2015 It may well be that the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel that is the basis for THE GUNMAN is a masterpiece of suspense. The movie version, scripted by Don MacPherson and Peter Travis and directed by Pierre Morel, is not. This would be less of a problem if THE GUNMAN wasn’t trying to be, among other things, a mystery, when the only real […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TREE OF LIFE

THE TREE OF LIFE poster | ©2011 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Irene Bedard, Jessica Fuselier, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan Writer: Terrence Malick Director: Terrence Malick Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: May 27, 2011 If the definition of a good movie is one that achieves its creator’s goals, THE TREE OF LIFE is possibly great. However, if the definition is also a movie that connects with its audience, TREE is a lot less great. Writer/director Terrence Malick has really huge ideas going on here – contrasting the enormity of creation, both on this planet and in the cosmos – […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DOUG LIMAN talks about ‘FAIR GAME’ and ‘COVERT AFFAIRS’

FAIR GAME movie poster | © 2010 Summit

Doug Liman could be dubbed the “spy guy” of producer/directors. True, his first feature film as a director was SWINGERS and he’s delved into other genres with GO and JUMPER, but his helming of THE BOURNE IDENTITY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH indicate a predilection for the world of people pretending to be what they’re not. Currently, Liman’s latest feature as director/ producer is in theatres. FAIR GAME tells the story of real-life CIA agent Valerie Plame, played by Naomi Watts, whose cover was blown by American government officials to punish her diplomat husband Joseph Wilson, played by Sean Penn, […]Read On »

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