The seemingly odd title of this most excellent film refers to the name of the investigative-reporting team on the Boston Globe at the turn of this century. These 14 reporters, relegated to the basement, were supported with time and talent to dig into stories, to shine a spotlight on them.
In present-day Hamburg, Russian-Chechen Issa Karpov seeks asylum as German and American anti-terrorist agents go on full alert, sometimes cooperating, sometimes at cross purposes. Heir to his father's fortune held in a Hamburg bank, the Muslim Issa may have philanthropic motives or may have jihadist intentions. Director Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" will work to untangle the intrigue.
"About Time" has Richard Curtis' fingerprints all over it. Curtis wrote and directed the film with the same sharpness of dialogue he brought to "Notting Hill" and "Blackadder" as well as the sweetness he brought to "The Vicar of Dibley," and "The Girl in the Cafe."
Writer/director Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is a light, playful, enjoyable bonbon. In this cinematic love letter to Paris, Allen also pays tribute to literary artists and painters of 1920s Parisian life through Gil, a contemporary, discontented Hollywood scriptwriter.