Gruesomely grotesque and pathologically pretentious, a diabolical horror called Only God Forgives may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is unquestionably in the top five. It reunites the usually reliable Ryan Gosling with the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose work I admired (prematurely, it seems) two years ago in the moody, shocking and perversely fascinating Drive. There is nothing remotely compelling about this one. I should have suspected as much. Premiering in May at the Cannes Film Festival, Only God Forgives was viciously barbecued by the critics after the film was booed so loudly that Ryan Gosling didn’t even show up for the red carpet. Now I know why.
CANNES, France — Only God Forgives: unforgettable? More like unforgivable. Back in 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn’s first outing with Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling resulted in the suave, rapturous crime thriller Drive, which premiered here in Cannes and nabbed the Danish filmmaker the prize for Best Director. So expectations were not unreasonably high for this Read More
Kristin Scott Thomas’s fluency in both French and English qualifies her for all kinds of movies, but there are too many of them and she doesn’t always live up to her potential. In Love Crime, the final film by the late Alain Corneau, sporting an unflattering, mousy brown coif better suited to a suburban commuter than a powerful and fashionable executive, she appears in one of her duller efforts.
The versatile and accomplished Kristin Scott Thomas works skillfully in both English and French. In Sarah’s Key she is never less than perfect doing both. It’s another in a long line of harrowing stories about the horrors of the Holocaust, but don’t let that deter you. It’s more a detective story than a depressing diary Read More
Kristin Scott Thomas is a bilingual, British-born actress with glacial expressions that French and English directors love to defrost. She makes a lot of movies about cold women searching for the secret location of their inner glow. Recently, there’s been no small degree of evidence that she may be making too many of them, but Read More
Running time 93 minutes
Written by Stephan Elliot and Sheridan Jobbins
Directed by Stephan Elliot
Starring Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth
Noël Coward is a musical B-12 shot at any time, but considering today’s general gloom, doom and moneymaking box office junk, a spoonful of that timeless Cowardy custard Read More
I’ve Loved You So Long
Running Time 115 minutes
Written and directed by Philippe Claudel
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius
In the solemn, touching French drama I’ve Loved You So Long, the bilingual British-born actress Kristin Scott Thomas, currently starring on Broadway in a much-overrated production of Read More
It’s a pleasure to be in the company of the entire cast of Ian Rickson’s revelatory production of The Seagull. Let me throw my hat in the air at the outset and hail it as the finest production of Chekhov I’ve seen in a generation.
The production at the Walter Kerr Read More
Chekhov’s The Seagull is back on Broadway, this time with indie movie hipster god Peter Sarsgaard as Trigorin, pretty Brit actress Kristin Scott Thomas as Arkadina and Zoe Kazan (featured in the forthcoming film August) as Masha. Pretty great casting, especially considering Ms. Thomas’ Olivier award for best actress Read More
Tell No One (Ne Le Dis à Personne)
Running time 125 minutes
Written by Guillaume Canet and Philippe Lefebvre
Directed by Guillaume Canet
Starring Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Kristin Scott Thomas
Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One (Ne Le Dis à Personne), from a screenplay (in Read More