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“Arrival” by Denis Villeneuve

Strange encounters
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renners and Forest Whittaker
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

After too many Metaphysics 101 (Malik’s “Tree of Life” and Gaspard Noe’s “Love” come to mind) and anguished what’s-the-meaning-of life questions awkwardly addressed, Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” takes us into adult territory. The Canadian filmmaker has already accustomed us to his diverse and masterful corpus of works, so his venture into science-fictionish territory doesn’t disappoint. Twelve ... more >

Bourne Legacy

Matt Damon left some big shoes to fill. Is Renner up to the task?
Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and David Strathairn
Directed by Tony Gilroy

Watching a Bourne movie not starring Jason Bourne is like watching the Harlem Globetrotters starring the Washington Generals. Over the past months, writer of the last three, and now director of this one, Tony Gilroy and Matt Damon have feuded over the future of this franchise. Damon wants a good script in order to come back. After watching “Bourne 4”, I side with him. Gilroy has stated that ... more >

Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

The franchise is safe: Ghost Protocol delivers the goods
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton
Directed by Brad Bird

I am a sucker for spy movies. Whether it is the Bourne series, the revitalized Bond series or the Mission: Impossible series, and even though I have a love/hate relationship with the latter. The first one was really good with a lot of double-crossing and excellent action, but the second one was a train-wreck, from the script to John Woo’s over-the-top directing. And J.J. Abrams’s third film got ... more >

The Town

Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America
Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm
Directed by Ben Affleck

I’m sorry not to like The Town—Ben Affleck is such a nice guy and Gone, Baby, Gone was such a promising directorial debut. But then I may not be the right person to review this movie that I’m sure holds enormous appeal for the 18-30 male demographics. I’m not that much into weapons, shootouts—or even into bank robberies unless we’re talking “Dog Day Afternoon.” Indeed, undisputed top billing in ... more >