It’s great to see Sam Elliott in a starring role, but The Hero isn’t worth his talents


Sam Elliott’s sonorous, gravelly voice demands attention, almost regardless of what he’s saying. The Hero demonstrates this in its very first scene, which sees Elliott’s character, an actor named Lee Hayden, doing voice-over work for a commercial hawking barbecue sauce. “Lone Star BBQ Sauce: the perfect partner for…

Con Air turned Nicolas Cage into the gonzo action star we never saw coming

It feels odd now to think there was a time when Nicolas Cage wasn’t an idiosyncratic weirdo overacting his way through an endless procession of interchangeable action movies, but the ’90s were a strange time in cinema. Just as Miramax and the rest of the indie upstarts were blowing up the traditional model of studio…