The Italian Job
- In this classic crime film, small-time crook Charlie Croker
(Michael Caine) organizes a motley group of thieves to steal
four million worth of gold bullion from an armoured car in
Turin, Italy. The mastermind of the heist is Mr. Bridger (Noel
Coward), an experienced convict who has come up with the idea,
but can't take part in its execution because he's in jail. To
pull off the plan, the gang must tie up traffic in the center of
the city to divert attention from the robbery, and ultimately
make off with their booty undetected. The caper leads to one of
the most exciting automobile chases ever filmed.
Release date: June 15th, 2009
- As it happened, my first experience with The Siege was last
night, and I was fascinated with the movie as a political
statement. It wasn't even a reach for me to see the Annette Bening character as a metaphor for the way the U.S. sleeps with
the "enemies" of our "enemies" only to be bombed to the point of
non-existence (in a political sense) for our trouble.
Release date: June 9th, 2009
Waltz With Bashir
- 'Waltz With Bashir" is a devastating animated film that
tries to reconstruct how and why thousands of innocent civilians
were massacred because those with the power to stop them took no
action. Why they did not act is hard to say. Did they not see?
Not realize? Not draw fateful conclusions? In any event, at the
film's end, the animation gives way to newsreel footage of the
dead, whose death is inescapable.
Release date: June 23rd, 2009
- Set against a backdrop of the Russian mafia in New York City –
and do not for one moment confuse this movie with Cronenberg's
Eastern Promises – master art thief, Keith Ripley, solicits up
and coming jewel thief Gabriel Martin to partner up in a heist
of two Faberge eggs from Romanovs – an impossible job even if
these guys were Tom Cruise twice over. But before they can say "nyet"
the big bad Russians kidnap Ripley's goddaughter and threaten to
kill her if they do not bring their bounty to them. Meanwhile
the local police burglary unit, headed by Lt. Weber (Robert
Forster) who has long wanted to catch Ripley with the goods, is
headed off at the pass by the FBI who claim they have interests
of their own in this case.
Release date: June 23rd, 2009
The Greatest Game Ever Played
- There's something simultaneously enticing and off-putting
about the title, don't you think? And then to learn that the
sport is golf, and that the game of the title is one I've never
even heard of – well, that . . . actually sparked my interest.
You see, a couple years ago I was visiting my cousin in Los
Angeles, where his father was guesting for the summer. During
the extended weekend, my cousin's new HDTV was on every waking
hour, tuned to the U.S. Open. I had always known of my uncle's
interest in golf. I even remember what it was like to discover
his set of clubs in his mother's cellar in the 1940s. So there
was nothing else for it but learn something of the game.
Release date: June 16th, 2009
- Riveting in his intensity, Ben Kingsley delivers "his best
performance ever" (Premiere Magazine) in this high-voltage crime
thriller that crackles with chilling style and wit. A savage
gangster named Don Logan (Kingsley) is met with resistance when
he tries to recruit a retired pal (Ray Winstone) for "one last
job." But Logan just won't take no for an answer...
Release Date: June 15th, 2009
Do the Right Thing
- The hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in this vibrant
look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello,
Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin
Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John
Turturro, Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions
sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.
Release Date: June 30th, 2009
- ''ROCKERS'' is another Jamaican movie with the sparkle
of ''The Harder They
Come'' which it manages to resemble but not imitate. In fact, ''Rockers''
is in many respects the better of the two. ''The Harder They
Come'' had the invaluable advantage of coming first, and the
area both films cover is almost narrow enough to make a second
seem superfluous. But ''Rockers'' holds its ground, thanks to
its funny, offbeat players and sinuous reggae score.
Release date: June 16th, 2009
- Lust, Caution—do any two words define the central
dichotomy of human existence more succinctly? No mere movie,
perhaps, could live up to such a richly evocative title, and
Variety’s review of Ang Lee’s new espionage melodrama—which won
the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, just two
years after Lee’s Brokeback Mountain nabbed the same award—was
only the first of many to complain that the film’s
caution-to-lust ratio is less than favorable. Far too much has
been made, hype-wise, of its explicit, few-holds-barred, NC-17
sex scenes, which Lee unleashes only after roughly two hours of
minutely observed PG parrying; clearly, early viewers
anticipated more heedless thrusting and fewer close-ups of
Release Date: September 26th, 2008
- Where is Encino Man when we need him, I ask you? Have you
noticed there has been a general decline in the energy and focus
of Brendan Fraser lately? With such diverse films as George of
the Jungle and Gods and Monsters well behind him, and such lazy
performances as we've seen in the latest Mummy movie and
Adventure to the Center of the Earth, Fraser seems well on his
way to becoming the next Eddie Murphy. In all fairness, these
last have not been the sort of movies one yearns to sink one's
teeth into. And Inkheart is no different. Blu-ray Release
date: June 23, 2009
- Blindness does have its shortcomings, the chief of
which is its length. The narrative momentum breaks down because
Meirelles draws things out too long in many scenes. He makes a
point and then continues to hammer it in over and over — I get
it already. On the other hand, one very effective scene, the
rape sequence, was executed well and is an integral part of this
movie, one I’m glad they kept. I was concerned about it because
advanced word had it that the principals were considering
cutting it from the film. And that would have robbed the film of
much of its impact.
Release Date: April 3rd, 2009
- Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, a disturbing, mysterious
black-and-white western, opens with someone named William Blake
(Johnny Depp), a recently orphaned accountant from Cleveland,
traveling west on a train with the promise of a job at a metal
works in a town called Machine. He keeps dozing off and waking
to new sets of fellow passengers, including several who fire
their guns out the windows at a herd of buffalo. (Such
occurrences were common in the 1870s, encouraged by the
government as a means of wiping out Indians by eliminating one
of their staples; in 1875, over a million buffalo were
Release Date: November 5th, 2008
- Besson seems fascinated by the "Pygmalion" story, by the
notion of a feral street person who is transformed by education.
He crosses that with what seems to be an obsession with women
who kill as a profession. These are interesting themes, and if
"The Professional" doesn't work with anything like the power of
"La Femme Nikita," it is because his heroine is 12 years
old, and we cannot persuade ourselves to ignore that fact. It
colors every scene, making some unlikely and others troubling.
Release Date: June 11th, 2009