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The Ice Storm

IT WAS 1973, AND THE CLIMATE WAS CHANGING.  After the romantic intrigues of Sense and Sensibility (1995), director Ang Lee gave us something equally human but colder. We’re drawn into the relationships between teenagers and adults, families who gather in the suburbs in 1973 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kids explore their sexuality and early, … Continue reading The Ice Storm

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Last Vegas

IT’S GOING TO BE LEGENDARY. When Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to marry his 40 years younger girlfriend in Las Vegas, his childhood buddies (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline) gather to throw him a bachelor party… but there are unresolved issues between them. It may be easy to label this a Hangover for … Continue reading Last Vegas

Jamie Lee Curtis, 55: Taming the Horror Nerds

Jamie Lee Curtis turns 55 years old today. Once the scream queen of Hollywood, let’s take a look at her journey. She was born to Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, and in spite of this turned out pretty well. After all, it isn’t easy to grow up as the child of not just one but … Continue reading Jamie Lee Curtis, 55: Taming the Horror Nerds

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

The Extra Man

THEY’RE NOT GIGOLOS, THEY’RE GENTLEMEN. Young, aspiring writer Louis Ives (Paul Dano), who has a thing for the 1920s, rents a room in Henry Harrison’s (Kevin Kline) New York apartment and becomes a student in the art of being an “extra man”, entertaining wealthy, old women. The directing duo love to tell stories about eccentrics, … Continue reading The Extra Man

A Prairie Home Companion

Radio like you’ve never seen it before.   In his last movie, Robert Altman took elements from real life and turned them into a typical Altman experience, with a large cast, parallel stories and overlapping dialogue. Audiences are introduced to the people involved with “A Prairie Home Companion”, a radio variety show that is airing … Continue reading A Prairie Home Companion

Definitely, Maybe

THREE RELATIONSHIPS, THREE DISASTERS. ONE LAST CHANCE.  In the middle of a divorce, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met three women and which one of them would become her mother. A romantic film that thinks it hits every right button, but rarely does. Definitely bland, maybe charming … Continue reading Definitely, Maybe

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO COVER THIS TOWN. When he’s assigned to cover the Toronto film festival, entertainment reporter Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) enthusiastically brings his family. Short and his fat suit move from Primetime Glick (2001-2003) to the vulgar character’s own movie. He claims it took 20 days to shoot and much of … Continue reading Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

Life as a House

SEEN FROM A DISTANCE, IT’S PERFECT. When everything falls apart for architect George Monroe (Kevin Kline), he decides to spend his last months building the house of his dreams – together with his estranged son Sam (Hayden Christensen). Inspired by Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952), director Irwin Winkler has put together a predictable, slightly overlong and clichéd … Continue reading Life as a House