Tag Archive: Allison Janney

The Girl On The Train

BB.5 (out of 5) After her alcoholism destroys her marriage, Emily Blunt continues her downward spiral while on her daily commute, staring out the window of her train and into the home of… Continue reading

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Finding Dory

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of its most adored tales for a sequel to Finding Nemo, the story of a loving clownfish (Albert Brooks) who crossed the ocean to find his missing son.… Continue reading

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The Rewrite

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant plays an Oscar winning screenwriter whose career has seen better days; he hasn’t had a hit since his breakthrough film and now his agent can’t get him arrested… Continue reading

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Spy

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome C.I.A. agent Jude Law works the field looking gorgeous in a tux, his ability to move smoothly through enemy territory and always know where bad guys are hiding possible… Continue reading

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Tammy

BB (out of 5) Melissa McCarthy plays a mouthy, unkempt fast food employee whose day begins badly when she hits a deer on the road, her boss (Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real life-husband who… Continue reading

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors… Continue reading

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The Help

BB.5 (out of 5) Racism is given the soft-shoe Hollywood treatment with a view of the south on par with Gone With The Wind in this wan adaptation of the best-selling novel by… Continue reading

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add… Continue reading

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Six Days, Seven Nights

BBB (out of 5) Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant hero with a crooked smirk, this time an inter-island pilot in the South Pacific who finds himself planewrecked on a deserted island with… Continue reading

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Juno

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless… Continue reading

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The Associate

BBB (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg is her usual winning self as a frustrated financial stock broker who decides to start her own company after realizing she has hit the glass ceiling in… Continue reading

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Miracle On 34th Street

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous update of the favourite Christmas classic is ruled by a superb performance by young Mara Wilson. She plays a little girl who decides that the department store Santa… Continue reading

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Margaret

BB (out of 5) Anna Paquin is a hormonal, hypersensitive, sometimes charismatic but mostly trite teenager who, on a random shopping excursion to look for a hat, finds herself in the middle of a… Continue reading

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Nurse Betty

BBBB (out of 5) Renee Zellweger is brilliant as a young waitress married to a bum of a car dealer who witnesses hit men murdering her husband in her kitchen, and in a state… Continue reading

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How To Deal

BB (out of 5) Mandy Moore is a teenager who has the difficult task of having to witness her parents’ divorce. Her father (Peter Gallagher) is not dealing with his mid-life crisis well, jacking… Continue reading

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10 Things I Hate About You

BBB.5 (out of 5) Spirited modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that has Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles playing the two seemingly incompatible lovers who are obviously perfect for each other. When… Continue reading

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical black comedy about a beauty contest in a tiny town in Minnesota, where murdering fellow contestants is no big deal for ambitious wannabe crown-wearers. Told in mock-documentary style,… Continue reading

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Walking And Talking

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener began a successful career of excellent explorations of female friendship with this wonderful film.  Catherine Keener and Anne Heche have been best friends since they were young women, and… Continue reading

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The Object Of My Affection

BBB (out of 5) There’s a feeling of hanging around on a warm, summery day in Manhattan that slightly improves this rather weak adaptation of Stephen McCauley’s novel. Jennifer Aniston finds the perfect roommate… Continue reading

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Faithful

BB.5 (out of 5) Cher returns to the screen for the first time in six years to perform in this underdeveloped character study about an unhappy woman who befriends the hitman (Chazz Palminteri)… Continue reading

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Strangers With Candy

BB.5 (out of 5) Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello‘s boundary-challenging television show makes it to the big screen in this often hilarious but mostly shallow prequel to the events that take place… Continue reading

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The Way, Way Back

BBBB (out of 5) Duncan (Liam James) is in for a miserable summer when his Albany, NY caterer mom (Toni Collette, as always superb) drags him along for the season to the Hamptons… Continue reading

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Primary Colors

BBBBB (out of 5) Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta)… Continue reading

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Wolf

BBB (out of 5) Jack Nicholson has a great time making a respectable film out of a ridiculous storyline. One night while on a dark, winding road, his car leaves him stranded in… Continue reading

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The Ice Storm

BBBBB (out of 5) America’s coming-of-age in the seventies is represented by the dramatic events in an average suburban family, who find themselves unable to deal with the lifestyle changes surrounding them: key… Continue reading

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Finding Nemo

BBBB (out of 5) A clown fish (Albert Brooks) loses his only son to a scuba diver and must travel across the entire ocean to find him. He teams up with a wisecracking… Continue reading

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Away We Go

BBBB (out of 5) Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski are approaching one of life’s most dangerous adventures—parenthood. Well into their pregnancy, the couple are devastated when his free-wheeling parents (Jeff Daniels, Catherine O’Hara) announce that… Continue reading

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American Beauty

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stupendous film debut from director Sam Mendes that’s a must-see for anyone who enjoyed Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening are at the head of… Continue reading

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The Hours

BBBBB (out of 5) The feat of simply deciding to turn Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel into a film is reason enough to praise this effort, which could not have been a small… Continue reading

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Life During Wartime

BBBB (out of 5) Todd Solondz’s masterful Happiness has been followed up by this quasi-sequel, starring an entirely new cast in many of the same roles. The three sisters of the original film… Continue reading

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Big Night

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Those who love great movies about food like Babette’s Feast, Like Water For Chocolate and A Chef In Love will get a lot out of this brilliant comedy-drama. Two… Continue reading

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Celebrity

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will keep you interested. Shot in gorgeous black… Continue reading

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