Tag Archives: Rose Byrne

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DISCOVER WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF.  When journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) decides to write a book about the African-American woman whose cancer cells changed history, she learns how much the family has suffered over the decades. This reality-based film becomes primarily a showcase for Oprah Winfrey, who’s very strong as one of Henrietta Lacks’s … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Neighbors

FAMILY VS. FRAT. When a fraternity moves into the house next door, a married couple (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) try to get on their good side… but they’re soon bitter enemies. A huge box-office success that doesn’t challenge any formulas but takes good advantage of its suburban setting, with a conflict between two types of … Continue reading Neighbors

X-Men: Apocalypse

ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE.  In 1983, the first mutant the world ever saw comes back to life, a powerful creature who ruled ancient Egypt and has been entombed ever since his worshippers betrayed him. The third film in the series that introduced younger versions of beloved mutants suffers from overfamiliarity and a fiery showdown, … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse

This Is Where I Leave You

WELCOME HOME. GET UNCOMFORTABLE. When their father dies, four siblings return home to sit shiva with their mother (Jane Fonda) for seven days, giving them ample time to air grievances. The most adult movie director Shawn Levy has attempted has laughs and the occasional moment that is almost touching or almost profound, but never reaches … Continue reading This Is Where I Leave You

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 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 Internship

Middle-aged watch salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) lose their jobs and take a chance applying for internships at Google even though they don’t know the first thing about coding. A comedy that may look like mere paid advertising for Google. But on the other hand, the intrigues at the company’s famed campus … Continue reading The Internship

I Give It a Year

Nat and Josh (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall) get married, but it doesn’t take long for them to land in a rut… and then comes a dashing American (Simon Baker) into Nat’s professional life. Borat (2006) writer Dan Mazer’s directorial debut is a featherweight romantic comedy that succeeds in spite of its obvious formula. That’s always … Continue reading I Give It a Year

The Place Beyond the Pines

  In Blue Valentine (2010), director Derek Cianfrance explored a marriage over several years. This time, his story evolves over 15 years as we first follow a man (Ryan Gosling) who becomes a bank robber, then a cop (Bradley Cooper) who takes a bullet in the line of duty, and eventually both men’s teenage sons … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines

Get Him to the Greek

AARON GREEN HAS 72 HOURS TO GET A ROCK STAR FROM LONDON TO L.A. PRAY FOR HIM.  Talent scout Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is charged with the task of escorting washed-up rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles, where he’s set to perform at the Greek Theatre. This spin-off to Forgetting … Continue reading Get Him to the Greek

Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

  When Glenn Kessler, his younger brother Todd and Daniel Zelman got together to create a new legal show, their idea was not to follow the same path as Law & Order or David E. Kelley. There would be no lengthy courtroom showdowns, or any Boston Legal-type comedy stunts. In fact, Damages was serious business … Continue reading Damages: Power and Personal Ruin