The Counselor (2013)

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Dean Norris, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic, Rosie Perez, Edgar Ramirez Directed by: Ridley Scott R. 117 mins The Counselor promises a good time thanks to the talent both in front of and behind the camera, but the elements are too conflicting; nothing seems to stick and the…

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Directed by: Steve McQueen R. 133 mins Using his signature visual style to create profound moments of near-silence along with a surprisingly delicate and haunting score from Hans Zimmer, Steve McQueen explores the subject of…

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini Directed by: Andrew Dominik R. 97 mins A well-made and well-written film that is, unfortunately, hard to recommend given the relentlessly cynical message delivered by an unlikeable cast of characters. In a story we’ve all seen before, three dumb guys gets the…

The Tree of Life (2011)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain Directed by: Terrence Malick PG-13. 138 mins. A sort of cinematic sermon, Tree of Life will be challenging for most but it’s worth the time for an exquisite journey through time and space. Malick’s depiction of childhood is breathtaking and the cast delivers some great performances in this…

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Til Schweiger, Jacky Ido, B.J. Novak, Omar Doom, Denis Menochet Directed by: Quentin Tarantino R. 153 mins Another mishmash of genres, this twist on history has all the quirky Tarantino ingredients and while it’s not subtle, the originality…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng Directed by: David Fincher PG-13. 167 mins An epic fairytale with beautiful production but one that could use a profoundly developed storyline along with it’s intriguing premise. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, this film never seems to…

Troy (2004)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole, Brendan Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Garrett Hedlund, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson R. 165 mins Falling short of the greatness of its source material, Troy condenses Homer’s 10 year war into a few months and loses much historical accuracy in this Hollywood…

Se7en (1995)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey Directed by: David Fincher R. 130 mins A skillfully made thriller, Se7en is a dark and bleak vision. I enjoyed this film but it doesn’t live up to all the hype as it’s ‘moral’ is deeply pretentious and the story, minus the intriguing MO of the…