Tag: Matt Damon

The Great Wall: International fantasy epic wastes potential

China’s largest and most iconic landmark never felt so diminutively small as it does in Yimou Zhang’s English-language debut “The Great Wall.” Known for his bold and colorful style paired with intricate character-driven storytelling, the director of international hits like 2002’s “Hero” and 2004’s “House of Flying Daggers” should have been the perfect choice to bring top-notch Asian cinema to American markets. But for … Read More The Great Wall: International fantasy epic wastes potential

Jason Bourne: Return of a legend

​Actions speak louder than words. Matt Damon doesn’t say a whole lot in “Jason Bourne,” his fourth turn as the amnesiac assassin out to find himself in a clandestine world. But he doesn’t need to either. The world around Bourne has changed dramatically since his last on-screen appearance nearly a decade ago in “The Bourne Ultimatum.” NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s releasing of classified documents … Read More Jason Bourne: Return of a legend

Ranking: Super Bowl trailers live up to potential

Sunday was the biggest night of the year for professional football fans, but the annual Super Bowl once again proved to be pretty pivotal for Hollywood as well with studios pumping up some of the year’s biggest releases with TV spots during the game. Eleven different films were directly featured throughout Super Bowl coverage with spots ranging from 30 seconds to a full two-minute … Read More Ranking: Super Bowl trailers live up to potential

Spotlight: Journalism docudrama an instant classic

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that shows its viewers the power of no-frills, no-nonsense drama in a way that just smacks you in the face, shakes you awake and says “This is what good cinema is truly about.” “Spotlight” is one of those films. Tom McCarthy’s film, based on a script he co-wrote with Josh Singer, follows the four person … Read More Spotlight: Journalism docudrama an instant classic

The Martian: Damon-led sci-fi film best in several years

Don’t make the mistake of skipping a trip to your local theater to catch “The Martian.” There’s too many reasons not to miss out on what likely will go down as one of the premier science fiction films of the decade – thought everything right about the movie starts and ends with Matt Damon. As with all films about the stranded or marooned, a … Read More The Martian: Damon-led sci-fi film best in several years

Interstellar: Christopher Nolan hits space odyssey out of the park

Epic. Everything about the space odyssey “Interstellar” crafted from the mind of director Christopher Nolan oozes with the grandiose brushstrokes of a supreme master of cinema. One of 2014’s best offerings, the film is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise lifeless year of filmmaking. Where most new movies lack creativity and originality, “Interstellar” bathes in it. There is no other movie like … Read More Interstellar: Christopher Nolan hits space odyssey out of the park