Tag Archive: Julia Roberts

Larry Crowne

0.5 (out of 5) A film so disastrous it has to be seen to be believed.  Tom Hanks is a longtime employee at a Walmart-like store who is devastated when he gets fired due… Continue reading

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The Mexican

BBB (out of 5) Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its stars, though they hardly share any screen time together. After a very shaky start of watching odd couple… Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe… Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

BBB (out of 5) Another reimagining of a fairy tale, this one looking to rehabilitate the passivity of Snow White in much the same way that Snow White And The Huntsman did the… Continue reading

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I Love Trouble

BBB (out of 5) Julia Roberts  is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which she and Nick Nolte play competing reporters for different newspapers who end up working the same… Continue reading

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Flatliners

BBB.5 (out of 5) Apparently medical school doesn’t keep you busy enough: a group of students find that taking themselves to the brink of death gives them insights to the great beyond. It… Continue reading

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Sleeping With The Enemy

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia Roberts was already well into filming this wife-abuse thriller when Pretty Woman was released in theatres and made her a huge box-office star, so you could imagine the producers’… Continue reading

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio… Continue reading

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Mystic Pizza

BBBB (out of 5) This charmer tells the tale of two Portuguese-American sisters and their best friend living in Massachusetts and working in a local pizza parlor:  Lili Taylor has left Vincent D’Onofrio at… Continue reading

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Eat Pray Love

BB (out of 5) What happens when an ignorant, self-indulgent American who is dissatisfied with her life for no specific reason decides to roam the Earth in search of her spiritual balance? Well,… Continue reading

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Pretty Woman

BBB (out of 5) After you have finished enjoying the adorably plucky Julia Roberts, don’t you ever notice that you’re watching a romantic comedy where a man falls in love with his sex servant?… Continue reading

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Runaway Bride

B.5 (out of 5) Idiotic romantic comedy from Garry Marshall that makes his Pretty Woman seem like a graduate thesis. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (reunited from the aforementioned romantic comedy after nine years) do extremely well… Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s… Continue reading

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August: Osage County

BBBB (out of 5) The hit Broadway play by Tracy Letts makes its way to the big screen with fully satisfying results.  Meryl Streep lords over the roost of an eccentric (to say the… Continue reading

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Michael Collins

BBB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully photographed biopic by Neil Jordan about the Irish hero who led fellow IRA members to a harsh battle against his country’s enemies, before being assassinated and reborn a… 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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Something To Talk About

BBB.5 (out of 5) Writer Callie Khouri goes from the seriousness of Thelma and Louise to a lighter touch in dealing with the issues that southern women face in their everyday culture. Julia… Continue reading

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Notting Hill

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant shine in this fantastic romantic comedy that is peppered with writer Richard Curtis’ self-honed brand of sparkling wit and brilliant supporting characters. Roberts plays a self-conscious… Continue reading

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Steel Magnolias

BBBB (out of 5) This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert Harling’s play is full of memorable moments, some hilarious and some heartbreaking. An ensemble piece, it centres around the volatile relationship between an… Continue reading

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The Pelican Brief

BB.5 (out of 5) Excessively long film version of John Grisham’s popular bestseller. This time the lawyer-in-distress plot revolves around a young law student (Julia Roberts) who ruminates on the recent assassination of… Continue reading

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Duplicity

BBBB (out of 5) A guy picks a girl up at a party and they go back to his hotel room:  simple setup for a steamy romantic comedy, with the added complication that… Continue reading

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Satisfaction (Girls of Summer)

B (out of 5) The film that was meant to be Justine Bateman’s breakthrough into feature films is now remembered as a joke in Julia Roberts’s early film career. Bateman is terrible as… Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theory

BB.5 (out of 5) Ridiculous thriller by Richard Donner has paranoid Mel Gibson suspecting everyone of being in on one conspiracy or another, and drags in a good friend (Julia Roberts) whose life he… Continue reading

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Full Frontal

BB (out of 5) A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most of them anyway) united at a Hollywood producer’s birthday party. A neurotic Human… Continue reading

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Erin Brockovich

BBBBB (out of 5) Excellent biography of the true-life woman who brought about the biggest personal lawsuit case in American legal history.  Julia Roberts gives the best performance of her career as Brockovich, a… Continue reading

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The Ant Bully

BBB (out of 5) If you’re the member of the audience who laughs at lines like “I said cross your heart, not your butt!” being said by a child to an ant, you’ll… Continue reading

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Charlie Wilson’s War

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor Texas congressman (Tom Hanks) finds himself inspired by a gutsy society dame (Julia Roberts) to get involved in post-Soviet invaded Afghanistan and help the country defend itself… Continue reading

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Closer

BBB.5 (out of 5) Remember when Bob met Carol, Ted and Alice and couple-swapping was loads of fun? Well, now it’s time to grow up and face facts: love hurts and adultery sucks.… Continue reading

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Mary Reilly

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying, moody thriller that tells the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the point of view of one of the doctor’s chambermaids (Julia Roberts). Based on the… Continue reading

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Stepmom

B (out of 5) Insulting, lowminded cheese from Chris Columbus about a broken family that gets put through the wringer when dad (Ed Harris) decides he’s going to marry his new girlfriend (Julia… Continue reading

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

BBB.5 (out of 5) Julia Roberts wins back her Pretty Woman audience in this enjoyable comedy that is a decided improvement over the Garry Marshall happy-hooker romance, but not nearly as good as director… Continue reading

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Mona Lisa Smile

BB.5 (out of 5) It is 1953, and Julia Roberts is a liberated California university fine arts professor who gets a coveted position teaching students at a snooty, all-female college on the east… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Twelve

BBB.5 (out of 5) After having robbed Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel of over a hundred million dollars, the eleven slick thieves of the first film are visited by the casino’s owner, Andy Garcia,… Continue reading

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

BB.5 (out of 5) Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) made quite a career for himself: a published songwriter, television game show producer, and CIA hitman all in one lifetime. According to his autobiography, Barris… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Eleven

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Of the three heist films to come out in 2001 (the other two being The Score and Heist), this is far and away the king of them all. An… Continue reading

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Ready To Wear (Pret-A-Porter)

BBB (out of 5) There are reasons to not miss this Robert Altman comedy and reasons to completely avoid it. The all-star lineup of international names makes it a must see, but the… 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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Everyone Says I Love You

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen pays tribute to the classic musical genre but does not come up with anything overly memorable. Socialites and convicts, tourists and lovers abound in this tale that… Continue reading

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