The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort was released in 2006 after spending nearly two years in prison. Being incarcerated for stock swindling, he was left with plenty of time to write his memoirs. His autobiographical writings are the basis for this recent crime comedy directed by Martin Scorsese. The Wolf of Wall Street has both been praised and criticised for its depiction of events. One thing is for sure: the fifth collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays Jordan Belfort, is an entertaining ride.

Johnny English Reborn

I don’t watch a lot of comedy, but I am willing to make an exception for Rowan Atkinson. There probably isn’t a soul who isn’t familiar with Mr. Bean. Atkinson’s non-verbal acting skills are simply amazing. However, he has to rely on more than that to play a secret agent. Is this follow-up to the “so, so” 2003’s Johnny English, any good?

The Hangover Part II

As the name implies, this is the follow-up to 2009’s surprise hit movie The Hangover. The creators kept predominantly the same cast of main characters as the original, which really is a good choice. I admit I am impressed by Bradley Cooper’s recent work particularly in Limitless and to a lesser extent in The A-Team. Unfortunately, the creators of the Hangover recycled nearly the same format as used for its predecessor, which is a bad choice and leads me to the main point of criticism: the movie fails to surprise.