Tag Archives: Richard Jenkins

[Review] – Jack Reacher

5 Jan

Jack Reacher

Title: Jack Reacher
Year: 2012
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, based on the novel by Lee Child
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney
MPAA Rating: PG-13, violence, language and some drug material
Runtime: 130 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Metacritic: 49

Tom Cruise is staging a comeback as of late. Sure, he’s never really been away for that long, but it seems now that he’s just seriously trying to retake the title of world’s biggest action star that once so certainly belonged to him. That started, of course, with last year’s stellar Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in that franchise and also the best one in the series which I ranked as the 21st best film of 2011. He was then seen in the disappointing Rock of Ages this year, but that wasn’t his movie so I don’t count that towards his comeback track record.

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[Review] – Killing Them Softly

10 Dec

Killing Them Softly

Title: Killing Them Softly
Year: 2012
Director: Andrew Dominik
Writer: Andrew Dominik, based on the novel by George V. Higgins
Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard
MPAA Rating: R, violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use
Runtime: 97 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 64

In 2007 the world got to see The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the sophomore effort from New Zealander Andrew Dominik after Chopper from back in 2000. I have a huge amount of love for that 2007 film, a two-hours-and-forty-minutes Western that was just such a polished and confident piece of work, shot beautifully by the great Roger Deakins and performed perfectly by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, as Jesse James and Robert Ford respectively, the latter of which was nominated for an Oscar. I adore that movie because it’s just such a meditative and lyrical kind of epic, the kind of movie Criterion should look into adding to their lineup.

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[Trailer] – Jack Reacher

17 Oct

Watch the new trailer for the upcoming December release Jack Reacher below.

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[Review] – Liberal Arts

4 Oct

Title: Liberal Arts
Year: 2012
Director: Josh Radnor
Writer: Josh Radnor
Starring: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser, Zac Efron
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 97 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Metacritic: 54

Last year I remember watching Happythankyoumoreplease, the writing-directing debut of Josh Radnor, the actor most people know for playing Ted Mosby on CBSHow I Met Your Mother, and thinking it was a really solid first time effort. I thought he showed that he definitely had the goods to be making his own films, that he had a lot of heart which was pretty evident because of how much you could just tell he personally loved his characters and the keen observations about their lives he made. So I was all in for his sophomore effort, Liberal Arts, which he made last summer during his hiatus from the hit sitcom and premiered this year at Sundance.

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[Trailer] – Jack Reacher

3 Jul

The trailer for Jack Reacher, the December offering starring Tom Cruise, has just been released and you can watch it after the cut.

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[Review] – Darling Companion

7 May

Title: Darling Companion
Year: 2012
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan
Starring: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Dianne Wiest, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer
MPAA Rating: PG-13, some sexual content including references, and language
Runtime: 103 min
IMDb Rating: 4.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 16%
Metacritic: 39

When I saw Think Like a Man on Friday, I found myself thinking that that film was just far better than it should have otherwise been because of how good its cast was. Now I’ve just see Darling Companion and I found myself thinking the exact same thing, every single cast member in this cast is someone who I really like, some of them I downright love, and yet here they are, in a film that were it not for their talents I would no doubt find myself branding with a failing grade. It just bums one out to see such a hugely talented ensemble being gathered to make a such a stale kind of movie. But then again, this one’s such a forgettable movie that it won’t be long before we can’t even remember we saw such a great bunch waste their talents.

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[Review] – The Cabin In The Woods

29 Apr

Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Year: 2012
Director: Drew Goddard
Writers: Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker, Sigourney Weaver
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity
Runtime: 95 min
IMDb Rating: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 72

I finally got around to seeing Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods. It’s been a couple of weeks since it’s release, and of course I had heard the massive buzz that’s surrounded the film about its insanely awesome twists and turns; I had, however, thankfully, also managed to stay totally in the dark about the nature of said twists and turns, so that I would get their full awe-inspiring impact as I watched the film. And damn am I glad I managed to stay in the dark about the whole thing; The Cabin in the Woods is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year so far, a meta-horror flick that will manage to genuinely thrill you and surprise you while also having a terrific sense of humor.

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