MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

The year is 1561, and Mary Stuart has returned to Scotland. Spending most of her childhood in France, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) has decided to come home and claim her throne, the very one her half-brother, James (James McArdle) has been keeping warm in her absence. Maybe too warm, as Mary soon find out. But this Scotland is not the Scotland Mary left all those years ago. In 1560, the Calvinist preacher, John Knox (David Tennant), brought the Reformation to Scotland, calling for riots in the streets and the end of Catholic rule. Down in England, the Protestants already control the … Continue reading MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

The story of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh does not begin in the Hundred Acre Woods with a bear of very little brain living under the name of Sanders, but in the French trenches of World War I. Here, there are no Poohsticks, no blue balloons, no honey trees with bees buzzing about, just maggot-ridden corpses, flies, carnage, and death. In the middle of this carnage survives Alan Alexander Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), or as his family and friends call him: Blue. Like most British soldiers, Milne returns from The War To End All Wars — nicknames are important here — shaken, … Continue reading GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

There are treasures deep in the misty mountains of the Congo; untold riches that the Belgian king will stop at nothing to find. Fortunately, there is a man who will sell out his tribe and his way of life to lead you to these treasures. All you have to do is bring him the man. The man they call Tarzan. Set partly in London and mostly in Congo circa 1890, The Legend of Tarzan is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit that launched the careers of Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie. The movie propelled them into bed and into … Continue reading THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In a year where directors are inseparable from the subject of their movies (To The Wonder, Pain & Gain, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and many more), one rises above the rest of the pack. The Wolf of Wall Street is about Jordan Belfort’s desire to become one of Tom Wolfe’s “Masters of the Universe,” a Wall Street money mogul that can rise above and pay their way out of their discrepancies. Who better to tell this tale than Martin Scorsese, a director who has spent his career chronicling those high-minded dreamers who care very little about the legality or morality … Continue reading THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Movie Beat – 12.25.13

47 Ronin – A ronin is a master-less samurai, a drifter, a wanderer who makes his way from village to village, performing meaningless tasks for room and board. Kai (Keanu Reeves) joins up with a bunch of other ronin, 46 to be exact, to defeat a bunch of evil spirits and demons plaguing the land. Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, and Min Tanaka co-star. Writers Hossein Amini and Chris Morgan retell the legendary tale with direction from Carl Rinsch. Out in wide release from Universal Pictures.   August: Osage County – Holidays mean family time. Some of … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.25.13