Tag Archives: Ashton Kutcher

Annie

IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE. Wealthy businessman William Stacks (Jamie Foxx) is running for mayor of New York City; in order to come across as more likable he invites a 10-year-old foster child (Quvenzhané Wallis) in Harlem to live with him. An updated version of the Broadway musical, with new arrangements of the old songs … Continue reading Annie

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

No Strings Attached

FRIENDSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS.  Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) have casual sex… and decide to make it a regular thing, provided they don’t grow feelings for each other. This movie spends its entire running time teaching Portman’s character that it isn’t possible, or even desirable, to have a long-term friends-with-benefits relationship, but never … Continue reading No Strings Attached

Valentine’s Day

A LOVE STORY. MORE OR LESS. If Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards make you go “aww”, then this is a movie for you. Director Garry Marshall and his star-studded cast introduce us to a great number of stories about people and their romantic relationships on the supposedly most love-filled day of the year, most of them … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Bobby

22 lives linked by a moment the world would never forget. It took Emilio Estevez many years to get this movie done, but eventually it turned into a talked-about event with a truly star-studded cast. The story follows 22 people who stay or work at the Ambassador Hotel in L.A. at the time when Robert … Continue reading Bobby

What Happens in Vegas

GET LUCKY.  In Las Vegas, slacker Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) meets Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) who’s just been dumped by her boyfriend; they get drunk… and married… and win a fortune, all of which lead to a variety of annoying consequences. It is easy to like this movie, at least on a superficial level (and … Continue reading What Happens in Vegas

My Boss’s Daughter

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU JUST DON’T DO. Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher) agrees to housesit for his aggressive boss (Terence Stamp), thinking his sexy daughter Lisa (Tara Reid) will be there as well… but she’s not, and mayhem ensues. I expected no better from Kutcher and Reid, but I’m so disappointed in Naked Gun director … Continue reading My Boss’s Daughter

Reindeer Games

THE TRAP IS SET. THE GAME IS ON. After getting out of prison, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) assumes the identity of his murdered cellmate and gets himself involved in a very deadly scheme. At least director John Frankenheimer’s simple action thriller has attractive, wintry locations and a few exciting sequences. But this is a pretty … Continue reading Reindeer Games