Category II-A. Tony Gilroy’s latest film “Duplicity” has enough sabotage, intrigue and lovers/enemies/partners/reunited lovers to rival an MTV reality show “The Hills.” Fortunately, unlike “The Hills,” it stars actual celebrities, is enjoyable to watch, and will engage your gray matter in a way that MTV rarely does.
(Germany/USA/UK) This sensational and controversial political-thriller by the outstanding German film director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Wintersleepers) certainly lives up to its name.
Category IIA. Another week, another sequel – but wait, “Elizabeth”? Don’t we remember it as some slow period film from a decade ago? Well, it is and it isn’t. For while in title and cast, this is indeed the sequel to that dark exploration of 16th century England, in spirit, “The Golden Age” is practically unrecognizable.
Category IIB.Reviewer's Bias:Loves: Clive Owen, except in “Children of Men”Hates: “Children of Men”“Shoot ‘em Up” is a self-declared endorsement of gun control. But the kind that would have Charlton Heston creaming his pants. The secret to a fun anti-firearm film, it seems, is firearms. More specifically, firearms being fired. If only Michael Moore had hit on that for “Bowling for Columbine.”
Just when you think you’ve seen every incarnation of a bank robbery possible, Spike Lee throws a huge, nearly classic wrench in the works with Inside Man. Part ode to 70s gem Dog Day Afternoon and part Marathon Man, this picture is all exhilarating filmmaking, surprisingly on par with Lee’s best, Do The Right Thing. Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) is a confident man who announces at the outset that he’s going to rob a New York City bank, telling the audience virtually all the details.
In this surprisingly dark thriller, Jennifer Aniston continues her spate of mediocre big-screen parts (certainly not the first successful TV actor to do so). But she’s solid enough, and along with a competent cast and crew, she helps “Derailed” come off as a fine exercise in suspense that – barring the extended, pointless ending – should satisfy most, even if it feels like you’ve seen it all before.
"Sin City" is a big-screen version of a comic book that looks and acts like a comic book. This is a good thing. The men speak as if they just stepped out of a 40s pulp-fiction novel. The women look like they stepped out of "Playboy." The storyline unfolds like "Pulp Fiction." If you treat the excessive violence as - you guessed it - comic bookish, you'll have heaps of fun.