Otto Preminger directs a political story of devious and ruthless government officials trying to make backroom deals. The president (Franchot Tone) wants to appoint a controversial man (Henry Fonda) to be Secretary of State. The action takes place among the Senate subcommittee and the bickering leads to devious games and ruined careers. Advise & Consent was considered to be very daring and shocking when released. It still holds up.
Charles Laughton, Peter Lawford, Walter Pidgeon, and Gene Tierney play key roles.
Elia Kazan directs the movie adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel. In East of Eden, James Dean plays Cal, a Salinas Valley man trying to win his father’s affection. His father (Raymond Massey) has no use for Cal as he prefers his brother. To make matters worse, both brothers love the same woman (Julie Harris).
While this is not a faithful adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel, James Dean’s breakthrough role make this film worth watching. His performance is mesmerizing. Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Cal’s mysterious mother.
Mickey “Mick” Haller is a top defense lawyer in L A. He is slick and famous as an attorney who works out of his Lincoln Town Car. He takes on cases that might seem impossible or a long shot to win. The legal system is almost always stacked against his clients and you will get a look at how the system works. The wealthy young man he has agreed to defend is no prize and he sees his life and family threatened.
Fans of Michael Connelly will like that The Lincoln Lawyer is a good adaptation of his book and the cast is outstanding. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and William H. Macy.
You’ll find The Lincoln Lawyer on our list of Lawyers in the Movies.
This is a powerful movie, and it is very relevant today. Texas law and immigration are two of the many themes played out by Matthew McConaughey and Kris Kristofferson in Lone Star. An unsolved murder in a Texas border town leads to a sheriff that once controlled a town and family secrets.
Writer and director John Sayles (Eight Men Out) gives us a story with flashbacks that are incredibly moving. Many will see a film noir movie with several plot twists that will haunt you.
This is Al Pacino at his best. As a New York City cop, he sees corruption all around him. When he refuses to extort money from criminals, his fellow officers turn against him. When he tries to do his job, he experiences vengeance in the worst form. A grand jury inquiry only makes things worse.
Based on a true story, Serpico helped to bring corruption into the headlines. The gritty realism of the film shows the versatile actor in a character that will stay with you long after the film ends.
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Based on the Peter Maas book of the same name.
In 1935 England, 13-year-old Briony witnesses her sister and a young man interact and misinterprets it. Later she tells a lie about a rape and Robbie, the son of a family servant, is sent to prison. Her older sister Cecelia loves Robbie, but the lie changes their lives forever and the consequences are devastating. Three years later, England is at war and the two lovers try to reunite.
Atonement has an excellent cast. Kiera Knightley (Cecelia) has never been better, and James McAvoy (Robbie) is perfect as the wronged lover and soldier. Saoirse Ronan plays Briony. The war scenes are realistic, and the story based on the novel by Ian McEwan is superb.
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a down and out music executive who has hit a new low. While trying to recover from being fired from the record label he founded, he stops in a bar and listens to Gretta (Keira Knightley) sing. She too has suffered a big disappointment. What he hears and sees makes him think she has written a hit, although no one is applauding. Their journey to get this and other recordings made will tell you a lot about the music industry and how you can overcome disappointments.
Begin Again is a wonderfully sweet film about life and how it can change because someone believes in you. Adam Levine and James Corden play interesting but minor roles.
It is 1933 and private detective Jake Gittes is hired by a socialite to investigate her husband’s extramarital affair. Jake doesn’t know what trouble he is about to find and what is really going on. Pre-war southern California is the setting for murder, treason, political graft, deceit, and more.
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway are at their best. This film noir movie was written for the big screen and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. The American Film Institute rated Chinatown the second best mystery movie.
Did you ever wonder what Paris was like in the 1920s? Here is your chance. Owen Wilson is visiting Paris with his fiancé and her family. He is a writer with writer’s block. One evening he decides to take a walk to clear his mind. When a limo pulls up and the passengers offer him a ride, he accepts. This is the start of his adventure and a chance to go back to the Paris of the 1920s.
Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein and Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali welcome him into their world. When Owen’s fiancé and her family become suspicious of his disappearing every night, they hire a detective. The results lead one to believe this may or may not be a dream.
Midnight in Paris is one of Woody Allen’s best. The acting is great and the literary characters are true to life.
Three teenage boys decide to leave their homes and live in the wilderness. They build a house and plan to live off the land. Their parents are unaware of their plans and, let’s face it, these parents aren’t going to get any patenting awards in the near future.
The Kings of Summer is a coming of age film with a light comic touch.