Tag Archive: Gwyneth Paltrow

Valentino: The Last Emperor

BB.5 (out of 5) Entertaining look at the last of the giant fashion names of yore, whose solitary moniker has come to represent cutting-edge, classy style after decades in the business. The film… Continue reading

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to,… Continue reading

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with a formless foray into the world of Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the Algonquin set of New York in the… Continue reading

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Bounce

BB (out of 5) Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly bad performance as a man who must confront a widow… Continue reading

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that… Continue reading

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The Pallbearer

BBB (out of 5) David Schwimmer plays a lazy dope who finds out from surprise visitor Barbara Hershey that his best friend from high school, and her son, has recently died. She tells him that… Continue reading

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Duets

BB (out of 5) Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie… Continue reading

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The Good Night

B (out of 5) Abysmal attempt at ensemble drama, starring Martin Freeman as a former pop star now writing jingles who is caught between two women: his devotion to his bitter and unlikable girlfriend… Continue reading

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Running With Scissors

BBBB (out of 5) The Addamses are Kooky, the Tenenbaums are Quirky, but these people are just plain Fucked Up. Augusten Burroughs’ heartbreaking memoir has been turned into a savagely funny and heartrending… Continue reading

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Infamous

BB (out of 5) Comparisons to Bennett Miller’s Capote, which was filmed at the same time and was released barely a year before this one, are inevitable and not likely to win audiences… Continue reading

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Emma

BBBBB (out of 5) Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by Gwyneth Paltrow in the role of the matchmaking socialite living in the English countryside. Emma, having already taken care… Continue reading

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Proof (2005)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Following the death of her brilliant but insane mathematician father (Anthony Hopkins), Gwyneth Paltrow finds herself in a sea of confusion and despair that isn’t helped by the arrival of… Continue reading

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Possession (2002)

BBB (out of 5) A.S. Byatt’s richly romantic novel has been adapted to the big screen with partially successful results. An American research assistant (Aaron Eckhart) comes across evidence that the 19th-century poet… Continue reading

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Sylvia

BB.5 (out of 5) A sad waste of a great opportunity: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s beautiful work as Sylvia Plath, the poet who inspired a half-century of writers to express themselves in the form of… Continue reading

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Sliding Doors

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gwyneth Paltrow is excellent in this first-rate romantic comedy that turns hypothesis into master storytelling.  She plays a London businesswoman who gets fired from her boys-club-only job and heads straight… Continue reading

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Flesh And Bone

BBBB (out of 5) Dennis Quaid is mesmerizing as a nomadic cowboy who goes from town to town working his vending machines until he happens upon a free-spirited woman (an excellent Meg Ryan) with… Continue reading

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Hook

BB.5 (out of 5) If you’re young enough, this continuation of the Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie will seem like a grand, glorious adventure; anyone over the age of 13 will see… Continue reading

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Country Strong

BB (out of 5) While it means to be a female version of Crazy Heart, bad writing and loose direction prevent this musical from hitting nearly as hard as Scott Cooper’s film despite… Continue reading

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Iron Man 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that his status as Iron Man has made world news, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has become something of a joke, more a glorified party host than a… Continue reading

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Iron Man

BBBB (out of 5) Weapons manufacturing tycoon Robert Downey Jr. is injured during a PR stunt in Afghanistan and ends up a hostage in a terrorist cell. A kindly fellow prisoner brings him back… Continue reading

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Shallow Hal

B.5 (out of 5) Much was made of the subject matter of this film, whether it was in good taste or not, etc., but the truth of the matter is, it’s just not… Continue reading

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Contagion

BBBB (out of 5) A business executive comes home from a business trip in Hong Kong and, two days later, dies of a very severe flu-like virus. Within a few days, a couple… Continue reading

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A Perfect Murder

BB.5 (out of 5) Some of the dialogue and situations in this remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder are so sluggish, the actors often look as if they’re swimming through glue.… 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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The Anniversary Party

BB (out of 5) Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming put together this digitally shot, low-budget drama after they performed together in the Broadway production of Cabaret. Gathering an assortment of friends and… Continue reading

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Great Expectations (1998)

BBB (out of 5) There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, about a Floridian youngster whose mother and uncle send him to live as… Continue reading

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Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most original looking movies made in the last decade, this thrilling adventure is a bit weak on plot but chock full of entertainment value. Jude Law is… Continue reading

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Jefferson In Paris

B (out of 5) Low point for Merchant Ivory, this completely brainless period epic examines the years when Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte) was American minister to France, entertaining a romance with a married aristocrat… Continue reading

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Seven

BB.5 (out of 5) Skillful editing and a decidedly menacing tone are to be commended in this serial-killer thriller, but the film also has the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman… 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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Thanks For Sharing

BBB.5 (out of 5) Shame presented sexually compulsive behavior as the background upon which director Steve McQueen could render all his own personal feelings of the titular anguish without the least bit of… 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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Malice

BB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman play a happy couple whose lives are destroyed when a surgeon (Alec Baldwin) performs an operation on her under the influence of alcohol and destroys her… Continue reading

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Two Lovers

BBBBB (out of 5) James Gray follows his richly atmospheric We Own The Night with a romance as aesthetically pleasing as it is emotionally stirring. Joaquin Phoenix plays a casualty of love who is… Continue reading

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Iron Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) Once again donning his metallic armor to fight against evil and, once again, doing it with his insouciant personality well intact.  Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., who can do… Continue reading

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Searching For Debra Winger

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alternately fascinating and disappointingly shallow, this terrific concept has Rosanna Arquette interviewing successful women in Hollywood about being female in the male-dominated movie business. Her inspiration was the news that… Continue reading

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Shakespeare In Love

BBBBB (out of 5) Struggling playwright William Shakespeare (a rich performance by Joseph Fiennes) is having writers’ block while trying to create his latest comedy Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter. Enter muse… Continue reading

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Moonlight And Valentino

BB.5 (out of 5) Elizabeth Perkins loses her husband in a car accident and finds herself too paralyzed from shock to experience any grief. Her mother (Kathleen Turner) and younger sister (Gwyneth Paltrow) try… Continue reading

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