| Dec 15, 2011
** (out of four)
In spy movies, the organization sometimes seems to exist only to police itself and its inevitable traitors. So when the operation doesn’t appear to accomplish anything else except cleaning up its own mess, it suggests that shutting...
| Dec 15, 2011
Actors so rarely get paid to sit still. This week at the movies, as Tom Cruise is on Imax screens playing a frantic, hamsterlike intelligence gatherer in the new "Mission: Impossible" movie, we have also a superb adaptation of the John le Carre spy...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Gary Oldman is in a tough spot in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
As the ironically named George Smiley, he's an inherently reticent veteran operative, given to revealing nothing personally or professionally. And yet, as the central figure in this...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 7:24 AM
The hypocrisy at the heart of "The Hunger Games" is irresistible. Novelist Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has been decreed "awesome" by, among others, my 5th grade son, indicts violence and organized brutality as tools of mass-audience manipulation. Yet...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 1:39 PM
No, it's not the James Cameron-directed Oscar winner in this case. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner's legendary sinking, this British-Canadian-Hungarian production - televised in America by ABC recently - boasts the writing talent of...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 6:02 PM
Every dollar Disney won't get at the box office for the $250-million “John Carter” will probably end up in the pockets of Lionsgate and the other entities behind “The Hunger Games” (which allegedly cost less than half as much). The...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:17 PM
Many people consider the 1979 miniseries made from John le Carre's “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to be the best adaptation of his work. Alec Guinness' George Smiley in that version (and later reprised in a second miniseries) has been...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 11:03 AM
At 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 12, Cornerstone Church will have Dr. Maureen Bickersteth minister a message titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Eternity." Each Friday a women's Bible study is offered. On Sunday, Jan....
| Apr 9, 2012
| 12:10 PM
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
* *1/2 (B-)
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Starring Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, John Goodman, Viola Davis
Warner//Rated PG-13//Drama//129 minutes
Available on: DVD, Blu-ray and digital...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 9:57 AM
A superb revisiting of the John Le Carre espionage novel that fueled a highly regarded television miniseries, this take on the tale boasts a fabulous, Oscar-nominated performance by Gary Oldman as former British intelligence agent George Smiley.
| Nov 30, 2012
| 8:04 AM
Hilltop Fellowship, 912 Petoskey St., in Petoskey hosts the first Sunday of Advent service at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. A potluck follows the service. A women's Bible study in Psalms and a gift exchange takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday,...