actor: Oscar Isaac

Life Itself

September 21, 2018
Life itself. The word "life" alone musters up a mosaic beyond comprehension: stories, characters, the beginnings and ends of lives and their intersections. The vastness of it all leads, as well, to vagueness, it takes on so many grandiose shapes and forms. With this in mind, writer-director Dan [...]

Operation Finale

August 29, 2018
There is a story in Operation Finale; a deep, somber one. And with repeated films having been made on the subject of the Holocaust and its devastating aftermath, it is fortunate that we, as audience members, do not feel taxed and weary from the subject. Stories spanning loss, hope, vengeance, and [...]

Annihilation

February 23, 2018
Annihilation, more or less, takes place in what is known as "The Shimmer," a lengthwise stretch of mysterious forest from which no one returns. Lena (Natalie Portman) joins a team of female scientists journeying into The Shimmer with her own agenda of discovering what happened to her husband (Oscar [...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 15, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Star Wars launches its eighth (ninth if we're counting Rogue One) installment with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans flock to the theaters seeking answers for questions like: Who are Rey's parents? What's happened to Luke while he's been away? Is Supreme Leader Snoke really that big? Rian [...]

Suburbicon

October 27, 2017
George Clooney had his hands all over this movie as one of the writers, as its producer and director, and he missed the mark with Suburbicon, which is unintentionally ironic. In this re-working of an old Cohen brothers’ script, he tells the story of a small Caucasian family named the [...]

The Promise

April 21, 2017
"The Promise" is a gripping and dramatic film enhanced by powerful performances from the lead actors, particularly Oscar Isaac as Armenian Mikael Boghosian, Christian Bale as American journalist Chris Myers, and Charlotte Le Bon as Ana Khesarian, the woman both Mikael and Chris are in love with. [...]

X-Men: Apocalypse

May 27, 2016
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is an explosive, action-packed adventure, the latest addition to the "X-Men" series of films. It features a powerful villain, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), and he is the mutants' greatest challenge. Due to a tragic event, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and the other mutants must [...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 18, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" could be subtitled "The Fandom Awakens." From the opening blast of the title "Star Wars" on the screen to the appearance of Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and Luke in the movie, the audience was rollicking and energized with anticipation. The good news is, the movie delivers a [...]

For Greater Glory

June 12, 2012

Dove Approved for 18+

"For Greater Glory" is a story of great violence—and great faith. The movie opens in Mexico in 1926, a few years after a revolution. A precarious relationship between the Mexican government and the Catholic Church deteriorates as President Plutarco Elias Calles (Ruben Blades) strictly enforces [...]

The Nativity Story

December 1, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is truly the original love story; God's love for mankind is revealed in this spectacular film! "The Nativity Story" stays true to the Biblical account of events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Writer Mike Rich incorporates subtle moments of humor which work well. One example is when two [...]

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