Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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White Oleander

BBB (out of 5) Janet Fitch’s best-selling novel reaches the big screen with unexceptional results, making for the second time that Michelle Pfeiffer has adapted an Oprah book selection for the big screen (the first time was The Deep End of the Ocean).  Pfeiffer plays a headstrong, charismatic visual artist whose cutthroat moralizing gets her … More White Oleander

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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 the local school nurse who is torn apart when her best friend’s child drowns in the pond behind her house while she … More A Map Of The World

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The Sweet Hereafter

BBBB (out of 5) Atom Egoyan’s critical hit drama is a sometimes precious but effective and haunting film.  Ian Holm is the bloodsucking lawyer who visits Alberta in order to rally up its residents and get himself a job as their legal representation, should they want to sue the company that manufactured a bus that killed … More The Sweet Hereafter

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