Tag Archive: Anjelica Huston

A Walk With Love And Death

BBB (out of 5) John Huston castS his daughter Anjelica in her movie debut for this strange romantic drama set in medieval Europe.  The ravaged French countryside has the distant troubles of battle made… Continue reading

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Seraphim Falls

B (out of 5) Liam Neeson and his posse chase Pierce Brosnan relentlessly through the forests and across the desert of post-Civil War USA in this uninteresting drama. Why he’s after him is left a… Continue reading

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Art School Confidential

BB (out of 5) Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted teenagers that he exposed so well in Ghost World but with inferior results. Max Minghella plays an aspiring artist who finds himself… Continue reading

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Ever After

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Richly enjoyable reboot of Cinderella finds Drew Barrymore as a plucky young lass living with an insensitive stepmother (Anjelica Huston) and two lazy stepsisters (Megan Dodds, Melanie Lynskey). This time… Continue reading

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The Kreutzer Sonata

B (out of 5) An experimental project by Leo Tolstoy is dragged into the modern age with disastrous results in this ambitious but ultimately unimpressive film. Danny Huston meets a concert pianist at… Continue reading

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The Ice Pirates

B.5 (out of 5) Hilariously campy science-fiction adventure about futuristic pirates in a dried-up universe, who navigate the stars in search of its most precious resource, water. The one planet that is brimming… Continue reading

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The Crossing Guard

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful drama from director Sean Penn about a grieving father (Jack Nicholson) who is caught in a moral dilemma when the man responsible for his daughter’s death (David Morse)… Continue reading

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The Perez Family

BB.5 (out of 5) A Cuban family is trying to adjust to a new life in Miami in this so-so film featuring an excellent cast. Alfred Molina has finally managed to make it… Continue reading

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The Addams Family

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of the many retro television shows that have made it to the big screen, this comedy and its superior sequel are among the very best (only the Brady Bunch… Continue reading

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Addams Family Values

BBBB (out of 5) In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older… Continue reading

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

BBBB (out of 5) One story told about the first and foremost fashion editor of the century delighted me the most: taken to a screening of Chinatown, packed into a Harlem theater without… Continue reading

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Mr. North

BBB (out of 5) Charming enterprise directed by Danny Huston and executive-produced and written by his father John.  Anthony Edwards is full of aplomb as a Yale student who pulls in extra money as… Continue reading

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The Man From Elysian Fields

BBB (out of 5) Andy Garcia plays a novelist whose best work has gone to the bottom of the bargain fiction pile. Having immense trouble supporting his family with his writing, he accepts… Continue reading

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A Handful Of Dust

BBB.5 (out of 5) The crumbling away of the aristocracy in 1930s England is the subject of this engrossing drama. Kristin Scott Thomas and James Wilby are excellent as a titled couple whose relationship is… Continue reading

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

BB (out of 5) Dreary update of the 1946 classic adapted from the novel by James M. Cain isn’t as entertaining.  Jack Nicholson plays the shady drifter who takes a grunt job at… Continue reading

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Bastard Out Of Carolina

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Anjelica Huston makes an incredible debut as director with this riveting drama. Based on Dorothy Allison’s novel, it concerns the harrowing experiences of a little girl (an excellent Jena… Continue reading

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Agnes Browne

BBBB.5 Based on Brendan O’Carroll’s novel The Mammy, this lyrically touching film displays Anjelica Huston‘s phenomenal talent as both actor and director. She stars as the title character, an Irish mother who is… Continue reading

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The Witches

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb adaptation of the equally delightful novel by Roald Dahl. After having been told by his grandmother (actress and filmmaker Mai Zetterling) all about the existence of witches, a… Continue reading

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Swashbuckler (Scarlet Buccaneer)

BB (out of 5) Moderately fun adventure film tries to recapture the glory days of Errol Flynn’s high-seas epics but fails. Robert Shaw is unlikable as the pirate captain who helps a young… Continue reading

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Enemies, A Love Story

BBBB (out of 5) Ron Silver survives the Holocaust and begins life anew in 1940s New York City. Having lost his first wife (Anjelica Huston) in the camps, he marries his Polish housekeeper… Continue reading

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A Cat In Paris (Une Vie De Chat)

BBB (out of 5) Stylish, angular animation and a charming narrative heighten the experience of this miniature charmer, about a young girl who has voluntarily gone mute since the death of her father… Continue reading

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Buffalo ’66

BBB.5 (out of 5) Vincent Gallo is released from prison and decides to go home and visit his parents (Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston). Unfortunately, he’s been telling them that his absence has been… Continue reading

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

BBBB (out of 5) After being sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Jack Nicholson convinces the authorities that he is crazy enough to serve his sentence in a… Continue reading

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Casino Royale (1967)

BB (out of 5) This parody of James Bond movies was probably hilarious when it first came out in 1967, but it has since grown pretty stale. David Niven plays the famous superspy… Continue reading

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Prizzi’s Honor

BBBBB (out of 5) John Huston’s classic caper is right up there with The Godfather and GoodFellas, distinguished from its peers by also including elements of humour that aren’t usually a staple of… Continue reading

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The Dead

BBBBB (out of 5) John Huston made this, his last film, in a wheelchair with a respirator to help him get through each day, but there’s no indication in the film that there… Continue reading

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This Is Spinal Tap

BBBB (out of 5) The hilarious ‘mockumentary’ that started it all, and one of the most popular cult films of all time. This incredibly funny exercise in madness, directed by Rob Reiner, concerns… Continue reading

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The Grifters

BBBBB (out of 5) Superb gangster film is probably the best example of modern film noir out there, about the lives of three con artists and their connections to each other. Anjelica Huston… Continue reading

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Gardens Of Stone

BB.5 (out of 5) Francis Ford Coppola was said to have made this film as a reaction to the death of his son Giancarlo, who was tragically killed in a boating accident in… Continue reading

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The Golden Bowl

BB (out of 5) The least intelligent adaptation of a Henry James novel made so far is this latest piece by the team of Merchant Ivory (Howards End, The Remains of the Day),… Continue reading

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Frances

BB.5 (out of 5) Frances Farmer rose up from a small town existence to become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in the 1930s. Dissatisfied with the token roles handed out to women at… Continue reading

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Blood Work

BBB (out of 5) Middling psychological thriller isn’t among Clint Eastwood’s best pulse-pounders (no pun intended), especially in comparison with the highly superior Absolute Power.  He plays an FBI agent who is sent… Continue reading

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Daddy Day Care

BB (out of 5) After losing his cushy advertising job, Eddie Murphy decides to beat the doldrums of being a stay-at-home dad by opening up a day care centre with his former business… Continue reading

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Phoenix (1998)

BBBB (out of 5) Thoroughly satisfying entry in the film noir genre stars Ray Liotta as a crooked cop with a gambling problem who teams up with three dubiously moral members of the… Continue reading

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

BB (out of 5) Once-famous Cousteau-esque ocean explorer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is at the lowest point he has ever sunk in his life: his filmed adventures in the great big blue are… Continue reading

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The Royal Tenenbaums

BBBBB (out of 5) The creators of Rushmore have returned with an even better comedy, one that centres around a troubled family who have hit rock bottom and need help to be pushed… Continue reading

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The Darjeeling Limited

BBBB (out of 5) There’s a moment of pure beauty somewhere in this Wes Anderson film, where Adrien Brody takes the short story his brother just wrote and reads it privately in a secluded… Continue reading

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The Player

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking. Tim Robbins is brilliant as a soulless studio executive who, between rounds of turning… Continue reading

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

BBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a bored housewife who insists that the woman who lives down the hall from them was murdered.  Allen… Continue reading

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Crimes And Misdemeanors

BBBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s highest artistic successes is this delicately layered tale of morality among the upper classes. Martin Landau is having difficulty keeping mistress Anjelica Huston from ratting on the… Continue reading

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