| May 17, 2012
| 8:22 PM
John Madden directed the fun-loving Oscar winner "Shakespeare in Love" and the gritty spy thriller "The Debt." He employs his skills somewhere between these two extremes in"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
The story follows several aging Brits needing...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
Sure, in 1997 Rachel (Helen Mirren) celebrates the release of her daughter’s book about when Rachel and other Israeli agents took down a Nazi war criminal. However, let’s go to some 30-year-old flashbacks in Berlin...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:31 PM
Director John Madden and Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren first teamed up in "Prime Suspect," the acclaimed detective series on British television.
They transfer much of the gritty tension created in that effort to "The Debt," their new political...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 11:40 AM
Even though World War II ended in 1945, it has never ended at the movies. Based on a 2007 Israeli film, "The Debt" is a new English-language film about the decades-long hunt for a Nazi doctor who conducted horrible procedures at a concentration camp.
| Aug 31, 2011
I never pay attention to all the hype people bring up about summer blockbusters, or movies being released for Oscar consideration, and so…I have no clue what time of the year great films are supposed to be released.
I do recall hearing that the...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 10:18 AM
Three characters are split among six actors - Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds in the present day, and Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington in flashbacks - in director John Madden's ("Shakespeare in Love") cleverly constructed...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 11:04 AM
Several terrific British acting veterans - including Judi Dench, who was guided to her "Shakespeare in Love" Oscar by this film's director, John Madden - star in this engaging tale of several retirees who invest their money in a site in India, where...
| May 3, 2012
** (out of four)
Shame on 2-star movies for the indifference they cause. For the mild successes that quickly fade and for the flaws that could have been avoided with a simple change of procedure. For the fact that bad movies stir up some impassioned...
| May 16, 2009
| 7:40 AM
He received the most attention lately for his Oscar-nominated performance in " The Wrestler," but Mickey Rourke also has been busy with other projects, including this Elmore Leonard-inspired drama about a couple ( Diane Lane, Thomas Jane) taken into the...
| Oct 28, 2009
| 4:33 PM
There is no film this year that has been anticipated, discussed or debated as much as "Avatar," the sci-fi epic from director James Cameron that reaches theaters Dec. 18. We're going to start a monthlong countdown to the film here......
| Mar 12, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Here's a rundown of top contenders you should check out in advance of the start of the next Oscars derby. Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season) has written a good overview you should check out too. "All Good Things," Andrew Jarecki (Weinstein Co.) "Betty...