Grade: A Director: Sam Mendes (American Beauty) Screenplay: Neal Purvis (Quantum of Solace), et al. Cast: Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old men) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 min. by John DeSando
Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 2:33 pm
Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Nick and Nora Charles — and Asta, their wire-haired terrier — were rich, witty and in love, when America was in the middle of the Depression. They also drank a lot — Nick and Nora, not Asta, though he got an occasional leftover slurp.
Cloud Atlas Grade: B+ Directors: Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Andy Wachowski (The Matrix), Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) Screenplay: Tykwer, Wachowskis, from David Mitchell novel Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry Rating: R Runtime: 172 Min by John DeSando
“Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes.” Luisa Rey (Halle Berry)