Tag Archives: Toni Collette

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

GUNS, GIRLS, GLOBAL DOMINATION.  After a satellite is deliberately made to crash in Brazil, the CIA tracks down Xander Cage (Vin Diesel), who’s faked his death; he and his team must now find a lost device that controls satellites. This second sequel to xXx (2002) came 12 years after the last one and brings Diesel … Continue reading xXx: Return of Xander Cage

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Hector and the Search for Happiness

EVERYONE WANTS TO FIND IT. Hector (Simon Pegg), who’s bored with his perfect little dull life, tells his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) that he needs to go away on a journey east to find out what exactly makes people happy. Much like Eat Pray Love (2010), this movie offers banal answers to difficult questions and has … Continue reading Hector and the Search for Happiness

The Boxtrolls

HEROES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES… EVEN RECTANGLES. In a small town where rumors persist that cardboard-wearing subterranean trolls are kidnapping children, a pest exterminator strikes a deal to kill all the boxtrolls. A 3D stop-motion adventure from the studio that brought us Coraline (2009), retaining that darkly comical look. Featuring a story about … Continue reading The Boxtrolls

Hitchcock

BEHIND EVERY PSYCHO IS A GREAT WOMAN. Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is on top of his game, but when he decides to turn a real-life story about a deranged murderer who shared a bed with his dead mother into a movie, he’s in for a challenge. The story of how Psycho (1960) risked ending the … Continue reading Hitchcock

Fright Night

YOU CAN’T RUN FROM EVIL WHEN IT LIVES NEXT DOOR. When one of his childhood friends disappears, teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finds footage proving that his new next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) in all likelihood is a vampire. A surprisingly entertaining 3D remake of the 1985 horror-comedy that features plenty of gory fun, as well … Continue reading Fright Night

Little Miss Sunshine: Volatile Volkswagen Trip

A FAMILY ON THE VERGE OF A BREAKDOWN.  When this film, the directors’ first, was shown at the Sundance Festival, it became such a hit that Fox Searchlight chose to pay $10,5 million for the distribution rights. A lot of money, but the movie did go on to earn close to $60 million in the … Continue reading Little Miss Sunshine: Volatile Volkswagen Trip

The Night Listener

LISTEN FOR THE TRUTH. Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams), a radio personality, builds a relationship on the phone with a 14-year-old boy who was raped numerous times when he was younger… but is it for real? Williams makes another thriller, this time portraying a storyteller who becomes obsessed with learning the truth about the abused boy. … Continue reading The Night Listener

Sixth Sense: Bump In the Night

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING. It’s almost difficult now to remember that the man responsible for recent duds like The Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006) had his breakthrough with a truly ingenious ghost story. The film begins with a woman fetching a bottle of wine from a dark cellar and suddenly shuddering as if a … Continue reading Sixth Sense: Bump In the Night

In Her Shoes

FRIENDS. RIVALS. SISTERS. When Maggie Feller (Cameron Diaz) sleeps with her sister Rose’s (Toni Collette) boyfriend, she’s kicked out and tracks down her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) who lives in a Florida community for “active seniors”. Another reliable, effective drama from director Curtis Hanson, one that features two very different sisters, one of them a selfish … Continue reading In Her Shoes