Tag Archive: John C. Reilly

Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more… Continue reading

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Tale Of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matteo Garrone turns away from the harsh contemporary realities of his recent films and applies his dark style to an adaptation of three fairy tales by seventeenth century storyteller Giambattista Basile.… Continue reading

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The Lobster

BBBBB (out of 5) In a world where coupling up is the law by which all of society bases itself, Colin Farrell has checked into the hotel where single people are sent to have… Continue reading

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Guardians Of The Galaxy

BBB (out of 5) Those who were bored by the pompous self-importance of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers might find relief in this lighthearted outer space adventure. Chris Pratt plays an intergalactic junk collector whose… Continue reading

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Year Of The Dog

B (out of 5) Molly Shannon loses her beloved beagle to an accidental poisoning and is devastated. When she meets a pet clinic employee (Peter Sarsgaard) with a love for animals equal to hers,… Continue reading

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Anger Management

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler earn big money cashing in on their trademark personalities. Sandler plays a frustrated executive assistant who internalizes all his anger and never lets it out in… Continue reading

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For Love Of The Game

BB.5 (out of 5) Moody love story that is a complete reversal from Sam Raimi’s usual array of horror and suspense films.  Kevin Costner plays an ageing baseball player who spends an entire… Continue reading

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We Need To Talk About Kevin

BBBB (out of 5) An endlessly watchable Tilda Swinton lives the embodiment of every new mother’s nightmare: she gives birth to a baby that never stops crying, who then becomes a sullen toddler and,… Continue reading

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Wreck-It Ralph

BB.5 (out of 5) Did you know that the characters in video games get together after work when the arcade closes? It’s kind of like how toys come to life when you’re not… Continue reading

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

BB (out of 5) Sweet, goofy hick Will Ferrell was abandoned by his father at a young age and remembers only that the man loved vehicular speed; in his adulthood he becomes the most… Continue reading

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

BBBB (out of 5) Towards the end of his life, singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) is about to go on stage and perform his last big song but finds he needs to… Continue reading

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into… Continue reading

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The River Wild

BBB.5 (out of 5) Meryl Streep takes her husband (David Strathairn) and son (Joseph Mazzello) on a white water-rafting trip for the first time since her teenage days, when it was her job… Continue reading

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching family drama about the young man of the title (an excellently subdued Johnny Depp) growing up in his strange family in a strange small town. His mentally challenged… Continue reading

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Dolores Claiborne

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Stephen King’s most fascinating stories is this drama about the turbulent relationship between aging Maine widow Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her estranged journalist daughter Selena St.… Continue reading

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Chicago (2002)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Your caboose will definitely shimmy and shake for two hours during this excellent musical by first-time director Rob Marshall (who also did the scintillating choreography as well). Catherine Zeta-Jones and… Continue reading

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Georgia (1995)

BB (out of 5) Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in this grungy drama that tries to be so moving and important but is only really annoying. She plays a self-destructive singer who goes through… Continue reading

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Never Been Kissed

BBB (out of 5) Adorable comedy produced by and starring Drew Barrymore.  She plays a twenty five year-old copy editor for the Washington Post who finally gets the opportunity to be the journalist of… Continue reading

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Hoffa

BBB.5 (out of 5) The sordid life and rise to power of Teamster Union president James R. Hoffa is the subject of this charismatic biopic. Jack Nicholson, under heavy makeup including a prosthetic… Continue reading

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Casualties Of War

BB (out of 5) Based on a factual event reported by Daniel Lang in the New Yorker in 1969, this middling war film stars Michael J. Fox as a recruit recently arrived on… Continue reading

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Hellcab (Chicago Cab)

BB.5 (out of 5) A day in the life of an honest, sensitive and tired Chicago cab driver (Paul Dillon). A bevy of famous actors including Gillian Anderson, Julianne Moore and John C.… 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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Gangs Of New York

BBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese’s dream project of the last thirty years has finally made it to the big screen with mostly successful results. The story is GoodFellas but set a hundred… Continue reading

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Boys

BBB (out of 5) One of Winona Ryder‘s very best performances is in this creepy modern spin on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She plays a mysterious drifter who crash lands into… Continue reading

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Carnage

BBBB (out of 5) Roman Polanski is capable of making some pretty impressive, epic level masterpieces (Tess, The Pianist), but is equally adept when it comes time to scale it down and tighten… 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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Nightwatch

BB.5 (out of 5) Stylish thriller can’t get over its clichés enough to really sell its tale, but fans of Ewan McGregor might enjoy it anyway. He plays a university student who takes a… Continue reading

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The Perfect Storm

BB (out of 5) George Clooney leads a great cast in this true story of a fisherman whose tiny boat gets caught in the storm of the century. Wolfgang Petersen has directed many… Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic, haunting war movie by Terrence Malick (returning to the screen after twenty years) makes a perfect companion piece to Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan: whatever you don’t like about… 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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A Prairie Home Companion

BBB (out of 5) Garrison Keillor‘s popular radio variety show has been transferred to the screen in this fictionalized account of the program’s final broadcast. Keillor appears as himself, hosting the fun while… Continue reading

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The Good Girl

BBBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston plays a bored retail clerk living in Nowheresville, Texas whose life is spiced up when she meets moody Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal), another clerk at her store. After years… Continue reading

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Boogie Nights

BBB (out of 5) No matter how well shot, designed and acted it is, by the end of P.T. Anderson’s porn-in-the-70s epic, patience runs out. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as a busboy who… Continue reading

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Magnolia

BBBBB (out of 5) Moving tribute to broken hearts and missed opportunities, with Paul Thomas Anderson presenting a wide assortment of residents in the San Fernando Valley who struggle from their lowest points… Continue reading

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Shadows And Fog

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work hard at it). He wastes a… Continue reading

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9

BB.5 (out of 5) Years after humanity has destroyed itself thanks to its technological recklessness, nine diminutive android dolls with the cutest patchwork outfits are the only beings left to inhabit the planet.… Continue reading

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