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Producer/director Paul Weitz recaptures the magic he created in 2004ís
ďAbout a BoyĒ in this scintillating comedy. Tina Fey gives her best
performance, showing surprising range, ably abetted by Paul Rudd and a
fine supporting cast including Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and the
always enjoyable Wallace Shawn.
& Rosa (9/10):
Set in 1962, the way the charming and attractive Alessandro Nivola, Elle
Fanningís father, expresses his existentialist beliefs is captivating
until one sees how he actually lives his philosophy in the way he treats
his wife and daughter. While Fanning also gives a fine performance,
Alice Englert, as her close friend, although not stunningly beautiful,
exhibits a unique steamy sexuality that marks her as a star in the
Place Beyond the Pines (8/10):
is really two films in one. The first hour is about Ryan Gosling and
what he does to affect Bradley Cooper and his family 16 years later, the
second hour. Despite the jarring visual caused by horrible miscasting of
Emory Cohen, a short, ugly teenager who looks, talks, and acts like he
is a refugee from Mickey Cohenís Jewish mafia, as the natural son of
movie star-attractive Rose Byrne and Bradley Cooper who are both of
Irish descent, this is an engrossing film. Derek Cianfrance directs the
superb cast with an adroit touch, keeping the pace and tension alive for
the entire film. At the beginning I was turned off by the Gregorian
chant-style score by Mike Patton. But as the film progressed the music
became much better and enhanced the story.
directed (and co-written with Justin Haythe) by Ric Roman Waugh in his
directorial debut (he is an experienced stuntman) this is a well-paced,
high tension thriller that satisfies on every level. Dwayne Johnson
continues to prove heís an accomplished actor, not just a sexy athlete
who can raise one eyebrow, as a father who gets involved in the drug
trade to save his son from prison. He is buttressed by fine supporting
performances by Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper.
directed by Ken Scott, Patrick Huard, in an excellent turn, faces a
moral dilemma; what is his responsibility to the 533 children he
fathered as a sperm donor? Even though I thought that the reaction of
Davidís children was unrealistic, this is still an intuitive, unusual
comedy that deals with a real societal problem commendably. Scheduled
for an American remake with Vince Vaughn in Huardís role, my advice is
to see this first. In French.
Director Brad Anderson keeps raising the tension, getting terrific
performances by Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, and Michael Eklund, in
this well-paced thriller that has the unique capability of keeping you
on the edge of your seat and leaving you exhausted.
Has Fallen 7/10):
ďDie HardĒ one-man-against-impossible-odds genre ripoff directed by
action director Antoine Fuqua is nothing but, well, action. An
Oscarģ-quality score (Trevor Morris) enhances the tension throughout and
Fuqua keeps the pace rolling. Thereís nothing much to the acting, but
gorgeous Radha Mitchell finally gets a chance and gives a good
supporting performance. This is unbelievable, but grandly entertaining.
the Giant Slayer (7/10):
a fan of fantasies, but this is a delightful movie, an entertainment,
something we donít get a lot of these days, with exceptionally good 3-D.
Incredible Burt Wonderstone (1/10):
only magic in this unfunny, ridiculous, and finally irresponsible movie
is that it actually got made and distributed.
yet another movie showing young adults to be immoral, profane,
irresponsible dolts. There were a couple of these last year, Fun Size
and Project X, which were equally atrocious. Actually, I want
to rethink that. This could be the most agonizing movie Iíve ever had to