Tag Archives: Sandra Bullock

28 Days

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY… BEFORE SHE GOT A LIFE.  After spectacularly ruining her sister’s wedding, writer Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) chooses 28 days in rehab rather than going to prison… but she has no intention of taking it seriously. A more earnest drama from Betty Thomas than we’re used to, but still with a … Continue reading 28 Days

Demolition Man

THE FUTURE ISN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM.  In 2032, violent criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is thawed from his cryogenic sleep for a parole hearing, but escapes; desperate for help, the police also thaw John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), Phoenix’s arch-nemesis, a cop sentenced for manslaughter. A futuristic action movie with a sense … Continue reading Demolition Man

Our Brand is Crisis

MAY THE BEST CAMPAIGN WIN.  Legendary political consultant Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) reluctantly agrees to assist the failing campaign of an unlikable presidential contender in Bolivia. A comedy-drama based on the 2005 documentary of the same title that followed James Carville’s involvement in Bolivian politics. A fictionalized version of him is amusingly played by Billy … Continue reading Our Brand is Crisis

The Heat

GOOD COP. MAD COP. While trying to capture an elusive drug lord, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is ordered to cooperate with a Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) who is her opposite in every way. The director of Bridesmaids (2011) reunited with McCarthy for another foul-mouthed (but even funnier) comedy, a classic buddy cop … Continue reading The Heat

A Time to Kill

A LAWYER AND HIS ASSISTANT FIGHTING TO SAVE A FATHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. A TIME TO QUESTION WHAT THEY BELIEVE. A TIME TO DOUBT WHAT THEY TRUST. AND NO TIME FOR MISTAKES.  Young Mississippi attorney Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) takes a case where a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stands accused of having murdered … Continue reading A Time to Kill

Gravity: More Science, Less Hollywood

DON’T LET GO.   Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and the most famous person working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, was surprised the other day to learn how media had reported on a series of tweets he’d made where he pointed out scientific mistakes in Gravity. He felt compelled to explain … Continue reading Gravity: More Science, Less Hollywood

Infamous

THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY THAN YOU KNOW.   The year after Capote, the drama that followed author Truman Capote’s fascination over the countryside killings that inspired him to write “In Cold Blood”, came this film that is almost as good. Starts out as more of a light comedy as the flamboyant Capote clashes with … Continue reading Infamous

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

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Some time after the death of his father (Tom Hanks) at 9/11, young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) finds a key inside an envelope marked with the word “Black”, and embarks on a quest to find the right “Black”. Considering the talent involved here, this is a huge disappointment, especially from a director who made The Hours (2002) work … Continue reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All About Steve

Sacramento crossword-puzzle writer Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) falls head over heels for a news cameraman (Bradley Cooper) and starts following him, hoping to ignite a romance. Bullock has a thing for playing socially inept people in romantic comedies, but the problem is that we never really believe in her; she’s too good-looking. This one is … Continue reading All About Steve

Speed 2: Cruise Control

RUSH HOUR HITS THE WATER. Annie (Sandra Bullock) and her new boyfriend (Jason Patric) go on a Caribbean cruise with a luxury liner, but the ship is taken over by John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) who wants revenge on his former employers. The first movie did everything right, the sequel did everything wrong. It throws in bombs … Continue reading Speed 2: Cruise Control