This was a huge hit on its opening weekend. Idris Elba has a very powerful screen presence—and this story pushes the audience's buttons very, very effectively. On the negative side, I found the direction & prod values could have been much better.
Sue and I both felt this was our favorite of the Ocean’s movies. Sharp opening scenes, sags a bit in the middle, logic lapses down the stretch. But all in all, a terrifically entertaining heist film. A-
This is one of my favorite movies ever about music and art. It's about a man and a woman who are going to practice their music even if they never make a nickel out of it and they have great passion for what they're doing. It's absolutely a delight.
I am a Random House author in the U.K., and Random House Films needs my help. I'm not being arrogant about this, just clear-headed and truthful. Oh yeah, the film itself—not very good. No chemistry between the lovers (and I like Hathaway a lot).
Only the Brave
Lively film based on a harrowing true story about firefighters in Arizona. Stunning cast led by Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, and Jeff Bridges. B+
This is an important story about the capture of Eichmann in South America. I wish it was a little better movie, but it’s still very emotional and powerful. B+