‘Radioactive’ is a bit hazardous, because it packs too much story

“Radioactive” – “I want to tell you about Radium, a most peculiar and remarkable element, because it does not behave as it should.” – Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) Marie Curie – born as Maria Salomea Sklodowska in 1867 Warsaw – did not behave as she should as well.  A physicist and chemist, Marie earned physics and mathematics degrees, and picked up her doctorate at the Sorbonne, where she became the university’s first female professor.  To say that Ms. Curie was ahead of her time is the understatement of the century,…

10 Bad-relationship Movies: 3. ‘Gone Girl’

3. “Gone Girl” (2014) – Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, and her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect. Even though he insists that he had nothing to do with her disappearance, just about all eyes – including those glued to the television – believe that Nick killed Amy. Director David Fincher’s thriller closely follows Gillian Flynn’s wicked novel, including some extremely heady surprises.  One of the best films of 2014, “Gone Girl” centers around a complicated marriage, and the appearance of a spousal murder is the least byzantine…

‘Hostiles’ is a purposely grim, well-acted but incomplete western

“Hostiles” – “He’s a butcher.” – Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) “Then the two of you should get along just fine.” – Jeremiah Wilks (Bill Camp) For decades, Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Bale) has lived his adult life immersed in violence via his chosen profession in the U.S. Calvary.   After spending a career hunting down and killing Native Americans, he has become hardened and emotionally inhibited – something less than human, without a hint of light or angelic joy – after causing and witnessing so much death. His commanding…