Film Review: Allied

It’s 1942 and World War II is raging almost everywhere on the planet. Allied spy Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) parachutes into occupied French Moroccan city of Casablanca. His mission: assassinate the Nazi ambassador to Morocco. To accomplish this audacious goal he has to meet up with his “wife” and cover Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), who has spent the last few months ingratiating herself with the German occupation government and wrangling an invitation to the grand…Read More

Review: The BoxTrolls

Children’s films are generally pretty darn benign, with little tension and few intense visual effects or scenes. Yeah, sure, the hero’s in peril from the monster or bad guy, but most children’s films take the Disney way out of 95% sweet, fun, light and 5% tension. Don’t want to scare the kiddies, after all. Except drama is all about tensions, and great storytelling is all about the protagonist being threatened and having to figure out…Read More

Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

While I quite enjoyed the 2009 Guy Ritchie reinvention of the fabled observant detective in Sherlock Holmes, applying the same formula in this newer film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows proved more a boring, tedious exercise in special effects and self-conscious film making and less an engaging and narratively ingenious film. In the original books by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is a fastidious, rather odd bird with extraordinary knowledge and powers of observation….Read More