Tag Archive: Ann Roth

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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The Day Of The Locust

BBB (out of 5) William Atherton begins to work as an art director at a movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood, taking up residence at a crummy apartment complex. The San… Continue reading

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Only When I Laugh

BBBB (out of 5) Stunning characterizations highlight this excellent drama, one of the richest examples of Neil Simon’s writing ever adapted to the screen. Marsha Mason is fantastic as a Broadway actress who has… Continue reading

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Ricki And The Flash

BB (out of 5) Years after she walked out on her husband and three kids to pursue a career as a rock star, Meryl Streep is playing dive bars in Tarzana and about to… Continue reading

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While We’re Young

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller is a documentary filmmaker who has been working on the same unfinished project for a decade, earning a living by teaching a class on the subject.  His wife… Continue reading

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Guarding Tess

BBB (out of 5) Secret Service Agent Nicolas Cage is given his worst nightmare of an assignment when he is instructed to keep a close eye on a former president’s wife (Shirley MacLaine) who… Continue reading

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The Out-Of-Towners

BB.5 (out of 5) Remarkably unremarkable comedy that should have been better considering the talent involved; on the other hand, Neil Simon’s original script didn’t exactly turn heads when it was first filmed… Continue reading

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Last Night (2010)

B.5 (out of 5) Well, who wouldn’t want to sit through the troubled love story of an overwrought lollipop and an untalented troll? Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington make a horrendous onscreen pair as a… Continue reading

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The Village

B (out of 5) This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary tales is one of the most pretentiously idiotic pieces of tripe that you’ll ever see. It takes place in the… Continue reading

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Signs

BBB.5 (out of 5) Farmer and former priest Mel Gibson is startled awake one morning to find mysteriously-shaped crop circles in the cornfields adjoining his house. He is further disturbed by news reports that… Continue reading

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Doubt

BBBB (out of 5) Tradition clashes with modern thinking at a Catholic school run by nuns in 1960s New York City. Priest Philip Seymour Hoffman gives sermons that capture and stir the emotions… Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams

BBBB (out of 5) This is a wonderful, captivating film biography of the greatest country singer of all time, Patsy Cline. Obviously made to cash in on the success of Coal Miner’s Daughter,… Continue reading

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The January Man

BB (out of 5) An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who can never manage to save bad material, plays an ex-cop who was pushed off the force thanks… Continue reading

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In & Out

BBBB (out of 5) Pointedly funny comedy by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, Addams Family Values) about a shy, mild-mannered high school teacher (Kevin Kline) whose life is thrown into a frenzy when a former… Continue reading

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Updating a novel written in the sixties that was a satiric examination of America’s response to the new feminism might seem as pointless as Guy Ritchie’s modernizing Lina Wertmuller’s… Continue reading

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Murder By Death

BBBB (out of 5) This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In… Continue reading

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Rabbit Hole

BBBB (out of 5) This delicately beautiful film begins with married couple Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart bereaved by a personal loss and seeking comfort in group therapy. Their tragedy, it turns out, is the… Continue reading

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School Ties

BB.5 (out of 5) In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly Hills, 90210, Brendan Fraser plays a high school student whose exceptional scholastic achievements have earned him entrance into a high-ranking prep school. To… Continue reading

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Mamma Mia!

BB.5 (out of 5) The stage show that took audiences by storm around the world now hits the big screen as a musical vehicle for the marvelous Meryl Streep. She plays Donna, a… Continue reading

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Evening

BB.5 (out of 5) Vanessa Redgrave lies in palliative care awaiting the end, her mind a sea of emotions and memories that neither she nor her two devoted daughters (Natasha Richardson, Redgrave’s real-life… Continue reading

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Marathon Man

BBBB (out of 5) John Schlesinger’s thriller about paranoia and fear is a great way to entertain yourself: at the same time gripping and yet also ridiculous, it’s a taut action thriller with… Continue reading

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Pacific Heights

BBB (out of 5) Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine finally get to purchase their dream home atop a gorgeous San Francisco hill, but with the expense of the house comes the need for a tenant.… Continue reading

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Cold Mountain

BBB (out of 5) During the civil war, a soldier (Jude Law) reads a letter from the woman waiting for him (Nicole Kidman) back home and decides to leave the battlefield and head… Continue reading

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Changing Lanes

BBBB (out of 5) Compelling Hollywood thriller with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson as random strangers thrown together by destiny when their cars collide on a New York Freeway. Jackson is on… Continue reading

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Sabrina (1995)

BB (out of 5) Remaking Billy Wilder’s 1954 comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was a bad idea in the first place, but considering the cast you’d think it could still… Continue reading

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

BBBB (out of 5) Milan Kundera’s supposedly “unfilmable” novel reaches the screen with outstanding results, another jewel in Philip Kaufman’s crown after his fascinating The Right Stuff.  Daniel Day-Lewis is delicious as a Prague… Continue reading

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Julie & Julia

BBB.5 (out of 5) In 1950s Paris, happily married Julia Child (Meryl Streep) accompanies her diplomat husband (Stanley Tucci) to his new posting in the City Of Lights, and finds herself desirous of… Continue reading

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Dressed To Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well.… Continue reading

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Before And After

BB (out of 5) Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson small-town parents who threaten to tear apart when their delinquent son (Edward Furlong) is a suspect in the murder of his trashy girlfriend (Alison Folland).… Continue reading

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Hush

BB.5 (out of 5) Unapologetically corny, this is a melodrama so ridiculous it is enjoyable for its own reasons.  Jessica Lange is the personification of evil with a smile as the domineering mother-in-law to… Continue reading

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Regarding Henry

BBB.5 (out of 5) Recreating the charm of Frank Capra classics is attempted in this enjoyable heartwarmer by Mike Nichols. He even casts it perfectly by putting Harrison Ford, the modern-day Gary Cooper,… Continue reading

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

B (out of 5) Extremely annoyed is how you’ll feel from the opening of this execrable movie, a false and cloying attempt at feel-good post-9/11 drama that is surprisingly made by the director… Continue reading

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Dennis The Menace

BBB (out of 5) The rambunctious little tyke of the famous comic strip makes his way to the big screen in this very funny comedy. Mason Gamble is perfectly cast as the title character,… Continue reading

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

BBBBB (out of 5) Fantastic tribute to Alfred Hitchcock movies features a letter-perfect performance from Matt Damon as the titular villain, a man whose loneliness and poverty render him useless among 1950s American aristocracy, therefore… 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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Places In The Heart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sally Field won her second Academy Award for her strong performance in this rural drama. After her sheriff husband is accidentally shot by a young boy playing with a gun in… Continue reading

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Margot At The Wedding

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman gives a layered perforamnce as a successful writer returning to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The two of them haven’t spoken… Continue reading

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Coming Home

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moving film that, along with The Deer Hunter the same year, initiated the popularity of Vietnam-angst films. Jane Fonda plays a nurse in a hospital for veterans of the war who… Continue reading

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The English Patient

BBBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous and intelligent adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s more internal novel, perfectly directed by Anthony Minghella and featuring one of the best casts of the year. Originally to be produced… Continue reading

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Maxie

BB.5 (out of 5) Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in this forgettable comedy. She and her husband (Mandy Patinkin) move into an apartment once owned by an aspiring silent film actress… Continue reading

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