Tag Archives: Lasse Hallström

The Hundred-Foot Journey

After arriving in France, an Indian family start a restaurant across the street from a posh eatery run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) – who doesn’t appreciate the competition. Lasse Hallström returns to the same kind of pleasantries that made his Chocolat (2000) enjoyable – romance, a few laughs, lovely locations and tasty treats. Every … Continue reading The Hundred-Foot Journey

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 Hoax

Based on the true story. Would we lie to you? In the early 1970s, desperate writer Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) tells his publisher that he’s in touch with the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and intends to write his biography. A hopeless real-life story to tell, really, since Irving’s hoax couldn’t have ended in any other … Continue reading The Hoax

Dear John

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A LETTER THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING? In 2001, John and Savannah (Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried) meet and fall in love, but their relationship is tested at the start of the Afghanistan War when John decides to re-enlist. It’s very hard to see what Lasse Hallström saw in this simple romantic story, … Continue reading Dear John

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

When the Yemeni Sheikh wants to introduce salmon fishing in his country, Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is hired to take on the challenge… even though he doesn’t believe in the project at all. Paul Torday’s novel, which is based on real events, has often been described as “original”, which is hardly a word one … Continue reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The Shipping News

DIVE BENEATH THE SURFACE. Timid widower Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), his daughter and aunt (Judi Dench) move to a small Newfoundland community where he starts working as a reporter and gets to know a woman (Julianne Moore) who is nothing like his late, psychotic wife (Cate Blanchett). A Lasse Hallströmified version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; … Continue reading The Shipping News

An Unfinished Life

EVERY SECRET TAKES ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN. A battered woman (Jennifer Lopez) takes refuge with her daughter at a ranch in Wyoming owned by the girl’s grumpy grandfather (Robert Redford). Think they’ll all start to like each other, even if it’s gonna take a while? If it talks like a Lasse Hallström movie … Continue reading An Unfinished Life


ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES. Free-spirited chocolatier Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) comes to a small French village and opens a shop there; some of the locals are seduced, others enraged. The technical details of director Lasse Hallström’s work are impeccable; the village looks adorable and is the perfect symbol of the dangers of conservatism. … Continue reading Chocolat