Cake – underbaked and bland

I find Jennifer Aniston to be a good comedienne. But if Cake is supposed to be her breakout performance in a serious drama, she fails miserably. This is a one-dimensional film that does not succeed in engaging its audience. In fact, at only 102 minutes it still dragged. Aniston’s character Claire Bennett was in an…

American Sniper – Taking aim at the controversy of war

I’m not sure I understand the complaints being leveled against Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. He brings to the screen an adaptation of the autobiographical experience of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – a soldier whose values and ideals were compromised by his experience in the Iraq war. Kyle, a Texas rodeo rider, enlists in the Navy…

Big Eyes – Tim Burton bit off more than he could chew

Perhaps Tim Burton had “big eyes” when he embarked on directing his new film Big Eyes. The material is classic Burton and this was his chance to make a film about one of the biggest art scandals in history even more zany than the actual story. He didn’t succeed and the result is a movie…

The Imitation Game – Heartbreaking History

  The story of Alan Turing is one of those tales that has to be true, because otherwise we wouldn’t believe it. The Imitation Game brings the little-known story of the brilliant mathematician who built a machine to break the Nazi Engima code during World War II to life with suspense, humor and pathos. The…

The Gambler – should have known when to fold

The Gambler is definitely not a good movie, but for me it was a perfect way to spend New Year’s day. It was total escapism. There are parts that are hard to believe and it borders on depressing, but it does have its moments of excitement, especially when the gambler bets big – suicidally big.…