trailer break: ‘Angels & Demons’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Woo-hoo! Illuminati! Conspiracy theories! Evil religions! Tom Hanks snarking at priests! Ewan McGregor in a clerical collar! Well, actually, that last doesn’t do much for me, but I know someone who’s going to be very intrigued by that. Man, if church had been this exciting, I might … more…

trailer break: ‘State of Play’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… This is gonna be an interesting test for me. The American remake and truncation of the British miniseries of the same name looks rather intriguing from the trailer. Certainly, I’m a big fan of Russell Crowe, always love the intensity he brings to a role. I’m … more…

trailer break: ‘Incendiary’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… It’s a terrorism romance starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams, pulling an English accent. Incendiary opens in the U.K. on October 24; no U.S. release date has been announced.

best performances of 2004: ready for their closeup…

BEST ACTOR Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda It’s a role that, in the hands of even another very competent actor, could have descended into pathos and sentimentality, but Cheadle’s performance goes way beyond mere competence: As an Oskar Schindler-type figure in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, he approaches incomprehensible horrors in a way that makes us intimate partners … more…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (review)

Honestly, I’d pay cash money to see either Neeson or Ewan McGregor on his own read from the phone book, and the two of them together is almost too delicious to bear. His Obi-Wan unfortunately doesn’t have an awful lot to do, but McGregor wastes no opportunity to be brilliant, reigning in a young man’s impetuousness with a Jedi-in-training’s emotional control — that these two opposing forces are at war within him is clear throughout the film.