Tag Archives: Jessica Chastain

Molly’s Game

Eight years in Hollywood, two years in New York. Movie stars, celebrity athletes–and Russian mobsters. With Molly Bloom as our guide, we gain access to an exclusive club, where the money flows freely and the rich and famous meet once a week to gamble their wealth away. It’s prime Aaron Sorkin territory, sweeping back the curtain on the garish underworld of high-stakes poker like he did for politics, television, and Silicon Valley. And for two-thirds of Molly’s Game, he delivers a smart, sleek movie that works his crisp repartee into the glitzy adrenaline of the game. But when Molly’s poker career folds, Sorkin squanders his own hand by playing the wrong cards.

CRIMSON PEAK and BLACK MASS

Last night, I dreamed of Crimson Peak, the site of a dilapidated mansion, where bloody ghosts whisk through the hallway and clay hills stain the snow a rusty red. Watching the trailer, I imagined Guillermo del Toro’s latest movie would be a seat-of-your-pants thriller, the jump-out-and-scare-you kind, but del Toro instead creates an unsurprising Gothic romance, […]

INTERSTELLAR

Why so serious, Christopher Nolan? We’ve entered inception together, marveled at magic shows, saved Gotham from decimation. Still, my favorite Christopher Nolan remains Memento, his breakout thriller from 2000. Depicting Guy Pearce’s memory loss, in a half-reversed chronology, required an expert puppetmaster behind the camera. The screenplay’s structure stays rewarding on second viewing; so carefully controlled, but […]