Tag Archive: Julianne Moore

Maggie’s Plan

BBB (out of 5) Greta Gerwig is a college professor who is absolutely sure that she is ready to have a baby, and since there is no father in sight, she has selected a donor and… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

B (out of 5) The land of Panem is a dire place to be after our heroine Katniss has destroyed the Hunger Games, rendering the country just as humorless as it was before… Continue reading

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Maps To The Stars

BB.5 (out of 5) In David Cronenberg’s Hollywood, incest is not just a way of doing business but a reality at home as well.  A child star (Evan Bird) with a drug problem,… Continue reading

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Still Alice

BBB (out of 5) A successful linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) has her life of non-stop lectures and conferences crumble to pieces when she learns from her doctor that her random forgetfulness and periodic… Continue reading

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Altman

BBBB (out of 5) Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time when the notable artists of singular vision… Continue reading

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What Maisie Knew

BB (out of 5) Henry James’s novel, about a couple’s divorce seen through the eyes of their precocious little girl, is updated to modern day with an opaque Onata Aprile playing the tot who… Continue reading

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The English Teacher

BB.5 (out of 5) Julianne Moore lives an ideal existence as an English teacher in a small town, her daily rituals pre-arranged right down to her sensible meals.  Her life veers off track when… Continue reading

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Florent: Queen Of The Meat Market

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sometimes a place is as much a character in the story of a city as is a citizen; that certainly appears to be the case with Florent, the diner… Continue reading

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The Forgotten

BB (out of 5) Julianne Moore plays a devoted mother who is still grieving for the child she lost in an airplane accident years earlier. When she notices that her photographs no longer bear… Continue reading

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Evolution

BB.5 (out of 5) Uninspired science-fiction comedy tries to go for Men In Black popularity but is beaten down by copycat special effects and a lame script. Geologists Orlando Jones and David Duchovny witness a… 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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The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly little comedy that begins with a mostly believable premise. Penelope Ann Miller feels so ignored by the people around her, including her distracted husband (Eric Thal), that she pretends… Continue reading

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Blindness

BBB (out of 5) Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago’s bestselling novel reaches the big screen with mixed results. After a random driver succumbs to a case of instant blindness, his condition turns out… Continue reading

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Savage Grace

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s usually Isabelle Huppert who makes you realize you complain too much about your mother, but here Julianne Moore trumps them all in the true-life story of Barbara Baekeland, once… Continue reading

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The End Of The Affair (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Ralph Fiennes has a devastating hatred for a married woman (Julianne Moore) with whom he was once in love. Flashing back we find out that they once had a passionate… Continue reading

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The Ladies Man

BB (out of 5) Tim Meadows co-wrote and stars in this sometimes funny adaptation of his Saturday Night Live character, a smooth Shaft-like cat who loves his ladies and they all love him back.… Continue reading

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Laws Of Attraction

BB.5 (out of 5) When it comes to divorce court, no one’s style, savvy or determination for success beat that of Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore), the most successful divorce attorney in Manhattan. Enter… Continue reading

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

BBB (out of 5) Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park that beefs up the dinosaur scenes but skimps you on the character development and the sense of wonder that made the… Continue reading

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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

BBB (out of 5) Rebecca De Mornay had a brief flirtation with stardom in the early nineties with the release of this popular thriller. After she loses her baby in the stress following her doctor-husband’s… 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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Safe

BBBB (out of 5) Julianne Moore is brilliant in this terrifying study of a happy housewife in a California suburb.  She enjoys her seemingly unremarkable life until discovering that she is suddenly allergic to the twentieth… 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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Vanya On 42nd Street

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A very simple concept makes for the most compelling viewing. Louis Malle stages and directs a filmed dress rehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in an abandoned Manhattan theatre. Julianne… Continue reading

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Roommates

BBB (out of 5) Peter Falk can’t get enough of stealing scenes in this touching family drama, as a Polish American baker who raises his grandson after the boy loses both parents. Naturally,… Continue reading

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Hannibal

BB.5 (out of 5) Gothic and beautiful but empty-headed follow-up to Jonathan Demme’s perfect Silence of the Lambs has Julianne Moore ably filling in for Jodie Foster’s role as Clarice Starling. The plot is… Continue reading

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World Traveler

BB.5 (out of 5) Billy Crudup is sitting in his living room one day, reflecting on his life with his beautiful wife and newborn son, then decides to leave home and roam the… Continue reading

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Trust The Man

BB (out of 5) The ups and downs of two couples are examined in this romantic comedy, with director Bart Freundlich taking a stab at Woody Allen’s territory. David Duchovny has quit his… Continue reading

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The Myth Of Fingerprints

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing but icy drama about a family whose dysfunctions appear impossible to untangle. Blythe Danner and Roy Scheider are the parents whose children all seem to be alienated from their… Continue reading

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A Single Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Ford, the fashion world’s Princess Diana, decides to go entry level in a new medium and chooses film, directing and adapting a screen translation of a Christopher Isherwood… Continue reading

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.

BBB.5 (out of 5) A radiant Julianne Moore tells husband Steve Carell that she wants a divorce, having lost the spark in their twenty-five year marriage and begun an affair with co-worker Kevin… Continue reading

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A Map Of The World

BBB.5 (out of 5) Compelling drama based on Jane Hamilton’s esteemed novel, about a city woman turned farm wife (Sigourney Weaver) who is bested by the law of the land. Weaver is also… Continue reading

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Body Of Evidence

BB (out of 5) Basic Instinct was soon followed by a whole slew of worthless imitators, and this terrible film is no exception. When an aged millionaire is found dead of a heart… Continue reading

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Luck, Trust And Ketchup: Robert Altman In Carver Country

BBB (out of 5) After a decade of consistent work done mostly beyond intense critical attention (like that matters), Robert Altman found himself back in the top list of American cinema masters with… Continue reading

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Assassins

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller with Sylvester Stallone as a hit man locked on to the idea of retiring when a new kid on the block (Antonio Banderas) decides to keep him in… Continue reading

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The Fugitive

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Harrison Ford‘s best films is this marvellous action film inspired by the sixties television show. He’s a well-respected doctor who comes home one day to find his… 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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Children Of Men

BBB (out of 5) It’s 2027 and for eighteen years women have been unable to conceive children, submerging the entire world into a hopeless mess of crime and chaos. Britain is the one… Continue reading

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Nine Months

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant is suddenly forced into a commitment connundrum when his beautiful girlfriend (Julianne Moore) announces that she is pregnant with their child. Now he suddenly has to decide… Continue reading

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Surviving Picasso

BBBB (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins is excellent as the famous Spanish painter who wooed countless women during his career. Natascha McElhone plays Francoise Gilot, the woman who spent many years with Picasso and bore… Continue reading

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name… Continue reading

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Psycho (1998)

BBB (out of 5) Gus Van Sant performs an exercise in the ridiculous with this almost shot-for-shot (but in colour) remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s milestone horror classic.  Marion Crane (Anne Heche) checks into… Continue reading

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The Kids Are All Right

BBB (out of 5) Annette Bening and Julianne Moore have raised two children together and are now in for a change of pace as daughter Mia Wasikowska prepares to go to college. They’re in for… Continue reading

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Benny & Joon

BB (out of 5) A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and… 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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Far From Heaven

BBBBB (out of 5) Todd Haynes reimagines Douglas Sirk’s masterpiece All That Heaven Allows into this equally unforgettable classic. Julianne Moore stars as a picture-perfect Hartford, Connecticut housewife who lives to serve her husband (Dennis… 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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Cookie’s Fortune

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Marvellously clever comedy that marks Robert Altman’s best work since Short Cuts.  Patricia Neal makes a beautiful comeback as an aging widow who decides to grab a gun and do… Continue reading

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