Posts Tagged ‘clooney’

Descendants: Mahalo to All That

Alexander Payne’s Hawaiian dramedy just misses greatness.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Alexander Payne made Sideways seven years ago, George Clooney lobbied hard for the role that was eventually played by Thomas Haden Church. Payne passed on Clooney, figuring that the star was too famous and good-looking to ...


Ides of March: Then Fall Caesar

Clooney and Gosling team up for this chilly political thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s a difference between coolness and coldness. As an actor, George Clooney is cool, and the even-keeled assurance he projects onscreen often informs the movies in which he stars. As a director, he’s cold, and though hi...



The American: This Gun for Hire

George Clooney scowls a lot in this dry thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
If nothing else, The American is an antidote to movies like Eat Pray Love, Letters to Juliet, and others in which Americans travel to Italy to rediscover their zest for life. George Clooney portrays the title character, a man l...


How Ya Get So Fly

KRISTIAN LIN
Jason Reitman has now directed three films, and so far the most famous is his second one, Juno. I suspect we’ll look back on that movie and see it as atypical of his work. Whereas Juno is about a teenage girl and written ...



Mr. Bagman

The flawed legal thriller Michael Clayton still wins favorable judgment.
Kristian Lin
You shouldn’t be surprised that Michael Clayton is currently being overrated by America’s film critics. The movie practically begs for it.


Jack of Diamonds

New blood and new attitude make Ocean’s Thirteen luckier than Twelve.
Kristian Lin
OK, so Ocean’s Twelve came out two and a half years ago, and a lot of ticket-buyers felt as if the thieves on the screen had robbed them of their eight bucks.