Rooney Mara in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)

Review: ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

David Fincher’s new thriller stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in a twisted, very dark mystery, set in Sweden. Continue reading Review: ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

“You’re invincible.”

Earlier this year, a very limited group of American audiences had the opportunity to see the U.K.’s supremely powerful Red Riding Trilogy, and roughly a month later Niels Arden Oplev’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo slipped into art houses.  Now, heading into the heart of Summer, we are given the second chapter in Larsson’s abrupt trilogy (the author died in 2004 before he could complete what was to be an alleged ten-book series), The Girl Who Played with Fire.   Continue reading “Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire”

DVD Releases for 07/06/10

Four fine films that come from very different places:

Better Than You Heard Dep’t.:  Brooklyn’s Finest – Antoine Fuqua’s rather grim but powerful and thrilling tale of three cops (Richard Gere, Don Cheadle & Ethan Hawke) who face very different, very violent fates.  Gere is an aging who-cares veteran;  Cheadle is deep undercover;  and Hawke is a stressed-out strike force member who has too much guilt and too many bad ideas.  Great flick.

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