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Wednesday, May 4 2011

I'm Starting to Root for This Guy: Branagh's 'Thor' As Rachmaninov's Second

Kenneth Branagh's Thor really is Hamlet. Larger than life, but withdrawn and meditative. It's Joseph Conrad to the kind of immersive action hero trope that has spawned thousands of Chuck Norris jokes.


Friday, March 13 2015

'Cinderella' Is All Eye Candy and Empty Entertainment Calories

The audience already primed for more "happily ever after" will be more than satisfied with the results. Everyone else will wonder what the studio was thinking with this strategy.

Friday, January 17 2014

It's a Post-9/11 Jack Ryan in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

This is a spy movie where everyone knows what everyone else is doing, but still, they all go through motions as if they don't.

Wednesday, September 14 2011

'Thor': A Slice of Lukewarm Asgard Pie

Thor was never the strongest comic book character in my book, but he's weakened in this adaptation that deviates so far from the original story that any possible storytelling nuances are stripped away.

Thursday, May 5 2011

'Thor' Is a Then and Now Mishmash

Alas, Jane's response to Thor is one of the movie's many shortcuts, a series of winks and nods that assumes viewers' eager complicity in this not-so-clever mishmashing of then and now.

Thursday, August 19 2010

This Version of 'Hamlet' Is Rich With Masterful Art Direction and Gorgeous Costume Design

Kenneth Branagh’s unabridged adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a dazzling spectacle that is massive in scope.

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Wednesday, May 4 2011

Sound and Fury: 'Thor'

When it's required to be serious, it stays somber. When it has to explode across the screen, Thor soars.

Tuesday, April 19 2011

'Much Ado' About the Two Kenneth Branaghs

(Much Ado About Nothing is) perhaps the best, breeziest adaptation of all of Shakespeare's works - warts and all.

Monday, July 26 2010

Time...and 'The Avengers'

With a 2012 release date and the daunting task of trying to find a story solid enough to carry all of these characters, it remains a job so gigantic, so Herculean in proportion and anticipation, that only the bravest (or dumbest) among the entertainment elite would face it head on.


Tuesday, May 3 2011

Taking a ripping adventure with Thor

SANTA FE, N.M. — The day's light was fading, but the cast and crew of "Thor" were making good headway on a battle scene — a

Wednesday, October 17 2007

Michael Caine turns the tables in 'Sleuth' remake

NEW YORK -- When it comes to movies, the mark of Caine -- British star Sir Michael Caine -- states that any producer who doesn't

Monday, August 13 2007

Kenneth Branagh takes Shakespeare to Japan for HBO

Irish actor Kenneth Branagh just cannot leave well enough alone. Not only is he an actor of note (he's been dubbed the heir apparent to

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