Tag Archives: Julia Roberts

Money Monster

WHO’S IN CONTROL? During a live broadcast of a financial talk show, a distraught young man (Jack O’Connell) takes the host (George Clooney) hostage and blames him for the loss of his savings. After directing episodes of TV shows, Jodie Foster returned to the silver screen with this thriller-drama that’s largely set in a TV … Continue reading Money Monster

Notting Hill

CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill

Conspiracy Theory

WHAT YOU KNOW COULD KILL YOU.  Half-crazed New York City cab driver Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is obsessed with conspiracy theories, but this time he seems to be on to something, as Justice Department lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) realizes. Gibson reunited with his Lethal Weapon director to play a role that has Martin Rigg’s … Continue reading Conspiracy Theory

August: Osage County

MISERY LOVES FAMILY. When the Weston family patriarch (Sam Shepard) disappears one day, the oldest daughter (Julia Roberts) goes back to her childhood home in Oklahoma; she’s never been able to get along with her pill-popping mother (Meryl Streep). The very dark hit play gets its equally claustrophobic film adaptation. Featuring strong, in some cases … Continue reading August: Osage County

Eat Pray Love

LET YOURSELF GO THIS AUGUST. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) has pretty much everything, but is still unhappy and feels lost – perhaps a culinary trip to Italy, a bit of praying in India and a love affair in Bali will take care of things? Gilbert’s Oprah-endorsed new age book gets its inevitable film adaptation that … Continue reading Eat Pray Love

Larry Crowne

When Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) loses his job at a big-box store, he decides to get a college education and ends up in a public-speaking class taught by the cynical Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). Hanks’s second film as a director (after that thing you do! (1996)) is an old-fashioned romantic comedy that takes place in the shadow of … Continue reading Larry Crowne

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

The Ant Bully

THE BATTLE FOR THE LAWN IS ON. 10-year-old Lucas has a habit of attacking the anthill in his front yard; one of the ants concocts a potion that shrinks the boy down to their size. The man behind Jimmy Neutron (2001) delivered another movie for kids, but this one was quickly ignored. Not very funny, … Continue reading The Ant Bully

My Best Friend’s Wedding

JULIANNE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER BEST FRIEND THE DAY HE DECIDED TO MARRY SOMEONE ELSE. When Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) finds out that her best friend, Michael O’Neil (Dermot Mulroney), is getting married, she realizes that she actually loves him and does everything to stop the wedding. A bright romantic comedy that’s not unlike … Continue reading My Best Friend’s Wedding

Closer: Bodies in Motion

IF YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, YOU NEVER STOP LOOKING. Mike Nichols was lauded for turning Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America” into a great miniseries. It comes as no surprise that the esteemed director subsequently turned his interest to another play, this time a British one, Patrick Marber’s “Closer”. Kushner had updated … Continue reading Closer: Bodies in Motion