As female spy stories go, Valerie Plame's is no Modesty Blaise or Mata Hari, but it is one of great significance and enduring controversy in the recent history of the United States. Her tale of betrayal at the whims of top government and the press is at the center of the new thriller from director Doug Liman, the deft hand at the helm of the energetic and smart The Bourne Identity. Though he didn't stick around to see that franchise reach its lucrative heights, he returns to the breathless political actioner with Fair Game.
In opening scenes reminiscent of the corporate intrigue and milieu of Michael Clayton, we meet Valerie (Naomi Watts) as she demonstrates her steely ability to infiltrate rogue nations and collect vital intelligence. Plame was employed from 1985 to 2003 by the C.I.A. in Greece and various Middle Eastern countries. She was assigned to investigate potential terrorist activity and nuclear material proliferation. Her husband Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) was a U.S. ambassador to African nations in the mid-1990s.
Foregoing much background into Plame's extensive undercover operations, the plot is quickly set into motion as the George W. Bush administration assumes power and begins a campaign to determine if a rumored sale of massive quantities of yellowcake uranium were sold to the Iraqi government by Niger. Given Wilson's familiarity with the region, he is recommended by Plame to go on a fact-finding mission. Upon finding no evidence of such a damning transaction, the Bush people send in the creepy (as played by David Andrews) "Scooter" Libby to arm-twist the C.I.A. into asserting that aluminum tubes found by U.N. inspectors could indeed be used by Iraq as centrifuge parts in a nuclear program.
Cut to a year and a half later and the U.S. has begun the bombing campaign in...Read More
The Next Three Days takes hold of you from the first second of the film and doesn't let go until the last. Director and Writer Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) pulls together an amazing cast to tell the story that will keep you on the edge of your seat almost through the entire film.
John Brennan (Russell Crowe) and his...Read More
Today's Special is the story of Samir (played by Aasif Mandvi), a first generation American born from parents native to the country of Inia. Living in the shadows of his deceased older brother, Samir aspires to become the head chef of an uber trendy bistro in the ultra competitive Manhattan restaurant industry. Plans go awry when he, the sous chef and natural choice...Read More
"When I started imagining things," says Terry Gilliam, "I get a chemical high from it. My imagination is a cheap drug, one of my ways of dealing with reality because reality is so complex and uncontrollable." More than most, his career as a filmmaker seems, with its much-publicised crises of finance, production, and distribution, to have been a series of self-imposed demands for...Read More
It's been ten years since the release of Meet the Parents, and after the 2004 release of the sequel, Meet the Fockers, Universal Studious is milking the franchise yet again with Little Fockers, set to be released December 22nd.
In his years as an animator, director, producer, and magnate, Walt Disney did more than any other individual to influence and shape the look of animated films. As a pioneer he was willing to take risks by experimenting with various technical inventions. In almost every case these experiments were successful. By searching for new and different ways to expand and advance the cartoon...Read More
La Belle et la bête, the film which marked Jean Cocteau's return to directing after an interval of 15 years, is a work which continues the vein of fantasy which had characterised his scriptwriting during the wartime years. To this extent the film is typical of its period, for the early postwar years in France saw a basic continuity with approaches established during...Read More
M*A*S*H, one of the most popular films of the early 1970s, achieved stardom for Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, spawned a successful television series, and gave its innovative director, Robert Altman, his first financial and critical success.
Maybe the mostly positive reviews went to that big blue head of his, but it worked with audiences: Megamind again led the box office, earning the top spot for its second weekend with $30 million. Will Ferrell and company bring the film’s total earnings to $89 million … still a bit short for its $130 million budget, but certainly nothing to sneeze at....Read More
Tim Burton has Johnny Depp. Ron Howard has Tom Hanks. Now, with Unstoppable being the fifth movie they've worked on together (with the last two being runaway train movies), Tony Scott has Denzel Washington. In Unstoppable, Washington stars as Frank Barnes, a railroad employee with over 20 years of experience. He's paired up with a rookie union kid named Will Colson (Chris Pine)...Read More