director: Ethan Coen

Hail, Caesar!

"Hail, Caesar!" is an original -- there is nothing else like it in theaters these days. It calls back to a lost time in Hollywood when studio heads fixed problems on movies, including keeping their stars out of the wrong kind of headlines. In this case, Josh Brolin is the man in charge of keeping [...]

True Grit

Young Hailee Steinfeld might have quite a future in the movies. She plays 14-year-old Mattie Ross, whose father was gunned down by an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) and she intends to make sure he is captured and pays the price for his murder. Steinfeld is terrific in her role and displays [...]

A Serious Man

This film covers a lot of topics, sometimes in a humorous manner, but also with a lot of strong language. It is 1967 and a Jewish boy named Danny (Aaron Wolf) is about to have his barmitzvah. He is a typical boy who enjoys watching "F-Troop" on TV and who occasionally gets into trouble in school. [...]

Burn After Reading

The employees of a fitness center plan to blackmail a former CIA agent and when things go wrong, the comedy begins. It all stems from a CIA official's memoirs falling into the hands of a couple of the fitness center's employees. There are some funny moments in the film, including physical comedy [...]

No Country for Old Men

The Bible states the love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. It is certainly true in this film, in which a character named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) puts his life in danger as well as his wife's to hold on to some blood money he stumbles across. Javier Bardem plays the man bent [...]

The Ladykillers

This is a story about poetic justice and providence. Though the Professor’s plan is well-conceived, there are stronger powers working against him as represented by a portrait of the long-deceased Mr. Munson that continually changes expression to communicate reactions to people and situations. The [...]

Intolerable Cruelty – Edited

March 16, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

There are some good laughs in this movie, because good comedy is real-life but exaggerated. The chemistry between the lead characters, Clooney and Zeta-Jones, lights up the screen from their first encounter. I call movies of this genre fluff pieces: good for mindless viewing and a few laughs. The [...]