Tag Archive: Cate Blanchett

Carol

BBBBB (out of 5) A department store clerk (Rooney Mara) catches the eye of a beautiful, wealthy housewife (Cate Blanchett), which leads very quickly to lunches together and, before long, evenings in front of the… Continue reading

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Truth

BBB.5 (out of 5) Television reporter Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) has years of experience producing 60 Minutes news segments performed by Dan Rather (Robert Redford, making surprisingly little impact), the two of them red… Continue reading

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

BBBB (out of 5) The success of the somewhat amusing original has been followed by a delightful sequel, brightly colourful and featuring great scenes of rich adventure.  Hiccup now exists in a happy… Continue reading

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Cinderella (2015)

BBB.5 (out of 5) If you thought you didn’t need another Cinderella movie, you were right, but that doesn’t mean this one isn’t fully enjoyable. Coming on a recent trend of animated Disney… Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies

BB.5 (out of 5) More bloated mayhem from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien as yet another trilogy comes to a close. The film opens with the messiness of Smaug setting Laketown on fire,… Continue reading

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Hanna

BBBB (out of 5) Imagine a James Bond adventure directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix and you sort of get the feel of this super-fun adventure thriller. Far in the frozen Arctic north, Eric Bana raises… Continue reading

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Hot Fuzz

BBBB (out of 5) The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with another satire that inverts a popular Hollywood genre, this time the buddy-cop action movie. Affable Simon Pegg plays an… Continue reading

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation… Continue reading

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Heaven

BB.5 (out of 5) When celebrated filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski passed away in 1995, he left behind him a proposed trilogy that began with the screenplay for this film. Tom Tykwer picked up the… Continue reading

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Veronica Guerin

BBBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett is mesmerizing in this tragic true story of a journalist whose work helped turn the tide of drug-related crime in Dublin in the mid-1990s. Veronica Guerin works for… Continue reading

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The Gift

BBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett is excellent as a medium in a small town who has terrifying visions of the town’s recent murder victim (Katie Holmes) and is given clues as to the… Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

BB.5 (out of 5) Continuing the bombastic, pompous affair he began the previous year with the first chapter An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson again tries to reclaim the joys of the Lord Of… Continue reading

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The Wedding Party (Thank God He Met Lizzie)

BB.5 (out of 5) Lamenting the lack of love in his life, Richard Roxburgh is over the moon when a charmingly silly incident involving a pregnant cat puts him in the way of… Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband

BBB.5 (out of 5) A cast that is obviously having a great time is the real reason to watch this sumptuous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular play. Oliver Smith’s screenplay, which opens up… Continue reading

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Bandits

BBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant characters brought to life by fine actors make this Barry Levinson comedy a must-see. Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis are two escaped convicts who literally become famous overnight as… Continue reading

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

BBB.5 (out of 5) Since we last saw her on the big screen nine years ago, Elizabeth has become a beloved and impressive ruler of the great nation of England, keeping the peace… Continue reading

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Babel

BBBB (out of 5) It sure is a tough day when being American catches up with you. A random, careless act of violence has repercussions that span the globe when two children in… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

BBBB (out of 5) A mere twenty-seven years after he found the Ark of the Covenant and gave Star Wars a run for its money at the box office, cinema’s beloved archaeologist/adventurer is… Continue reading

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The Shipping News

BBB (out of 5) Disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Kevin Spacey is riveting as a Poughkeepsie newspaper ink-setter whose life does a complete reversal when his estranged aunt (Judi Dench) shows… Continue reading

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The Missing

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of Ron Howard’s western, Cate Blanchett plays a “healer” (unlicensed doctor) and rancher whose long-absent father (Tommy Lee Jones) visits her years after having abandoned her and… Continue reading

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I’m Not There.

BBB (out of 5) The life and legend of Bob Dylan is recounted in fractured form in this hypnotic if superficial movie by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Safe). Haynes uses six different… Continue reading

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Blue Jasmine

BBBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett leaves New York and heads to San Francisco, formerly a super rich Park Avenue matron and now broke and disgraced in the wake of her former husband (Alec… Continue reading

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Robin Hood (2010)

BB (out of 5) The legend that has been the fodder of adventure tales for centuries is given the historical treatment in this bloated epic by Ridley Scott. Russell Crowe is the English… Continue reading

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Coffee And Cigarettes

BB.5 (out of 5) Various familiar faces are assembled and given the opportunity to do some pointless riffing in this film experiment by Jim Jarmusch. Each segment has two or three characters (mostly… Continue reading

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Notes On A Scandal

BBBB (out of 5) Queen Elizabeths young and old come face to face in this searing drama about a lonely, spinster schoolteacher (Judi Dench) who becomes smitten with the beautiful new art instructor… Continue reading

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The Man Who Cried

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic melodrama from director Sally Potter that follows the plight of an orphaned Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) raised by a childless couple in London in the thirties.  As… Continue reading

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Pushing Tin

BB.5 (out of 5) Ensemble comedy about air traffic controllers in New Jersey and the lives they lead.  John Cusack is a high-flying member of the team whose life is not seriously affected by… Continue reading

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

BBBB (out of 5) Southern-style tall-tales, genuine romance and a rich sense of nostalgia permeate this highly engrossing, free adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. Benjamin Button (Brad… Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

BB (out of 5) It’s always a shock when a hack job rip-off of a great movie is perpetuated by the same filmmaker who made the brilliant original, but that is the case… 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 Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

BBBBB (out of 5) The exciting, brilliant trilogy finally reaches its breathtaking conclusion of Frodo’s quest to save Middle Earth . While Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) continue to lead the… Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

BBBBB (out of 5) Sprawling adaptation of the first of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy of fantasy novels (and the first of a trilogy of films) that centre around the adventures of pure-hearted hobbit Frodo… Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

BBBBB (out of 5) Peter Jackson’s breathtaking adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular fantasy novels continues in this second film chapter. Young hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) is growing weary in his journey towards Mordor… Continue reading

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The Good German

BB.5 (out of 5) Underwhelming exercise in style has director Steven Soderbergh looking to make his own Casablanca but only succeeds as far as the dreamy black-and-white photography goes. George Clooney, looking every… Continue reading

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The Aviator (2004)

BBBBB (out of 5) Scintillating biopic of the millionaire mogul Howard Hughes’ younger years, when his dreams of aviation took him from Texas to Hollywood and then into the skies. Hughes takes his… Continue reading

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Paradise Road

BBB (out of 5) Cardboard characters and cliched situations are overwhelmed by the passionate performances and beautiful music of this World War II drama. It tells the story of a vocal orchestra that… 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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Charlotte Gray

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting World War II drama about a young Scottish woman (Cate Blanchett) who follows her pilot lover (Rupert Penry-Jones) to France only to become so enrapt in her work… Continue reading

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Oscar And Lucinda

BBBB (out of 5) Those enchanted by the increasingly impressive Cate Blanchett will want to take a look at this touching drama that convinced Shekhar Kapur to cast her in his Elizabeth. She plays… Continue reading

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Elizabeth

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunning costume drama concentrates on the period between Elizabeth I’s youthful coronation and her decision to become the untouchable Virgin Queen who led England to world superpower status.  Cate… Continue reading

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