Archives for December 2012


Jack Reacher

A thriller for the action-starved Christmas moviegoer
Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie

“Jack Reacher," based on the Lee Child novel “One Shot," begins chillingly enough with the stigma of the recent tragedy in Connecticut. A sniper looks through his scope and guns down five people in cold blood. But while “Reacher” is far from perfection it doesn’t deserve this kind of relevance, either. The shooting inquiry brings Reacher (Tom Cruise) to Pittsburgh. He’s an investigative officer ... more >

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Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow's variation on a theme
Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

"Zero Dark Thirty" may be the best unentertaining movie I've seen this year. This is Kathryn Bigelow’s second film based on the war on terror, and it is just as much of an imperfect as it is an interesting take on the past decade as “The Hurt Locker,” and has roughly the same type of main character in it. “Zero” is very easy to follow, comes off impeccably well-researched and has a terrific ... more >

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"In the mood for love" director to preside over jury, too

The latest film by Wong Kar Wai, “The Grand Master,” an epic costume film inspired by the life of Kung Fu master Ip Man, will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival which is to take place during February 7-17. Wong Kar Wai is also this year’s president of the jury, his film therefore will be presented out of competition. “It is a special honour for us to open the 2013 Berlinale ... more >

This is 40

A sort-of sequel to "Knocked Up" apparently
Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel
Directed by Judd Apatow

“This is 40”, the“sorta” sequel to “Knocked up”, is “sorta”terrible and when I say sorta, I mean a lot. So many movies, TV shows, and even prior Judd Apatow films have tried to sitcomize the pitfalls of marriage to the point where it’s been done to death. Being that this was an Apatow flick, I was hoping he would have a fresh take, but this is without question his worse film and one of the worse ... more >


Actor Gérard Depardieu holds his own

Since Screen Comment (an American publication) is headquartered in Paris we would be remiss not to cover the latest blowup concerning cinema, politics and civil society here. Actor Gérard Depardieu ("Green Card") recently took up residence just across the Belgian border so as to avoid France's excessively costly ISF ("impôt sur la fortune") tax, imposed on the rich. Depardieu is not the first to ... more >

The guilt trip

Playing nice
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand
Directed by Anne Fletcher

“The Guilt Trip” is the kind of film you'd want to take your aunt to in order to make up for not calling her often enough during the year. Or anyone who enjoys predictable and fluff entertainment, for that matter. "Breezy," "cute," and "nice" apply, with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen doing their damndest best to make these qualifiers stick. The "Funny Girl" performer plays Joyce, a lonely ... more >