Tag Archives: Cameron Diaz

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

The Other Woman

HE’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT HIT HIM. When Carly (Cameron Diaz) learns that the new man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in her life is actually married to Kate (Leslie Mann), the two women reluctantly join forces to get back at him. Nick Cassavetes reunites with his My Sister’s Keeper (2009) star, Diaz, for a revenge comedy that has … Continue reading The Other Woman

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

The Counselor

At the same time as he asks the woman (Penélope Cruz) he loves to marry him, a counselor (Michael Fassbender) also gets involved in a drug deal with dire consequences. Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay combined with Ridley Scott’s considerable filmmaking skills should have been dynamite, especially considering No Country for Old Men (2007). What … Continue reading The Counselor

The Green Hornet

PROTECT THE LAW BY BREAKING IT. When a newspaper tycoon (Tom Wilkinson) dies, his slacker son (Seth Rogen) rises to the occasion… and accidentally becomes a masked crimefighter. Michel Gondry’s foray into comedic superhero movies was heavily panned by critics; it doesn’t live up to its promise as a visually playful romp (not even in … Continue reading The Green Hornet

Bad Teacher

She doesn’t give an “F”. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, gold-digging middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) sets her sights on a new target, a wealthy colleague (Justin Timberlake). This may sound like a sequel to Bad Santa (2003) and the films do share traits; Diaz’s teacher is also a completely ruthless low-life … Continue reading Bad Teacher

Three Farrelly Brothers Moments That Made Us Go WTF

The Farrelly Brothers are not easily dismissed. There are those who feel that they have cheapened American comedy ever since There’s Something About Mary (1998). Leonard Maltin would undoubtedly agree with that sentiment. And there are those who simply can’t help but laugh at their raunchy comedies and would prefer not having to think too much … Continue reading Three Farrelly Brothers Moments That Made Us Go WTF

A Life Less Ordinary

A COMEDY FOR ANYONE WHO’S EVER BEEN IN DANGER… OF FALLING IN LOVE. Robert Lewis (Ewan McGregor) loses his job as a janitor and kidnaps the boss’s daughter (Cameron Diaz); two fallen angels (Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo) try to make them fall in love. Director Danny Boyle followed his superior Shallow Grave (1994) and Trainspotting (1996) with something entirely different, … Continue reading A Life Less Ordinary

My Sister’s Keeper

11-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) sues her parents for medical emancipation; she’s tired of having her body used as a spare parts reserve for her cancer-stricken sister (Sofia Vassilieva). Nick Cassavetes knows how to make reasonably compelling films, but his inability to create something that makes them rise above the standard TV movie-of-the-week is obvious in … Continue reading My Sister’s Keeper

Shrek Forever After

IT AIN’T OGRE… TIL IT’S OGRE. Shrek is going through a midlife crisis and becomes an easy victim for Rumpelstiltskin and his wicked plan. The fourth film in the series is in widescreen and 3D, but nothing else has changed. Much like Shrek the Third (2007), the filmmakers take us down our favorite ogre’s path to maturity and … Continue reading Shrek Forever After

Shrek the Third

THE WAIT IS OGRE! When the King of Far, Far Away dies, Shrek is next in line to the throne; he refuses to shoulder the mantle and goes on a quest with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the next man in line. There isn’t much left of the first film’s ingenious satire and the … Continue reading Shrek the Third