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in Love (9/10):
Writer/director Josh Boone hits a home run in his first at-bat with this
touching, poignant, semi auto biographical tale about a dysfunctional
family of writers. The script couldnít be better written and for a film
that is basically all talk Boone keeps the pace driving throughout.
Adding to the quality of the film is fantastic music. While Greg Kinnear
gives his always-terrific performance, Lily Collins, a Liz Taylor
lookalike, steals every scene in which she appears.
Allen just keeps getting better and better, this time from San Francisco
and The Hamptons. This highlights Cate Blanchett, the wife of Bernie
Madoff-like Alec Baldwin, and how she copes with her fall from grace. A
movie about life choices, Allenís script is typically light-hearted and
humorous while dealing with a serious subject seriously. The music, for
which there is no credit, is captivating and the cast, especially Sally
Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay (in a brilliant casting against type),
shines along with Blanchett.
action comedy with a cast that includes Academy award winners Anthony
Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, along with Academy
award nominee John Malkovich and starring the always charming Bruce
Willis, who would have dreamed that the film would be stolen by Mary
Louise Parker? What it lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in
Highlighted by incredible acting by Mads Mikkelsson, what is
unforgettable about this movie is the acting of the young girl who makes
the outrageous allegation against him, Annika Wedderkopp. Itís hard to
believe that someone so young could be such an accomplished actress.
not an easy movie to watch, but it is thought-provoking and worthwhile.
Once the allegation is made you canít tear yourself away from what is
unfolding on the screen. In Danish and English.
Seyfried as Linda Lovelace? A 21st Century sweetheart
equivalent to Doris Day playing a notorious porn star? Questions have to
be answered. Will there be nudity? Will there be graphic sex? Will it be
titillating? Will it be sexy? Will it be as disastrous to her career as
Meg Ryanís descent into softcore porn was to hers? The answers are yes,
no, no, somewhat, and no. This is a fascinating film that opens the
blinds on how the porn film industry broke into the mainstream,
highlighted by Seyfriedís award-quality performance. Opens August 9
Although overly frought with lots of techno-gab, this is a compelling
story of the first journey to Europa, the Jupiter moon most often
thought to have the possibility of life. Ecuadorian director SebastiŠn
Cordero conquers the challenge of giving pace to a film that is
basically a set piece about a crew on a ship on a 22-month trip to a
moon. It never seemed slow as the tension mounts. It captures the
claustrophobic atmosphere of the space ship and the bleak, frightening
landscape of Europa memorably.
House Down (0/10):
Director Roland Emmerich is the master of the cartoon movie, aimed at
people willing to suspend belief in the laws of physics. Despite the
impressive special effects, even without the silly biased political
slant, this movie is so ridiculous with so many laughable scenes,
exacerbated by Channing Tatumís wooden acting, that it could almost pass
Ups 2 (0/10):
the same SNL alumni cast as the original, this film is worse than just
being not funny. It is offensive, crude, vulgar, and appeals to the
lowest level of taste and refinement. It is replete with disgusting,
childish urination and scatalogical gags, which often appear in films of
director Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler. The children in the film use the
same gutter language as the adults, and I guess thatís supposed to be