Film review: HAIL, CAESAR!, from ‘Built For Speed’

The Cohen brother’s latest film Hail, Caesar!, a satire of Hollywood’s golden age of the early 1950’s, is an engaging movie rather than the witty, insightful and confronting film we expect from the Cohens. Set at the feverish production lot of fictitious Capitol Pictures, the film sees hard-nosed executive Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) constantly trying to extinguish fires created by

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Film review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, from Built For Speed

There are a few swinging voters like myself but It seems most people either love or hate Wes Anderson’s supremely quirky picture-postcard fantasies.  His latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is such a fun ride, however, that it may even seduce the detractors. Like the antique dioramas Anderson often displays in his movies, this film reveals its story through several

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Film review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS, from Built For Speed

With their wonderful, ornate prose and vivid imagery, Charles Dickens’ novels seem ideally suited to cinema adaptations.  David Lean realized this potential magnificently with his atmospheric 1946 version of Great Expectations.  Less successful was Alfonso Cuaron’s miscalculated modern day version of Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke and Robert de Niro. The latest adaptation of this novel, from British director Mike

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