Tag Archive: Naomi Watts

While We’re Young

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller is a documentary filmmaker who has been working on the same unfinished project for a decade, earning a living by teaching a class on the subject.  His wife… Continue reading

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

BBBB (out of 5) Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu recovers from the bloated mess of Biutiful with a big movie in a small space, an eccentric and deliciously funny look at the mad world of live… Continue reading

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St. Vincent

BBB (out of 5) The relationship between a young boy and a mean old man begins without much promise when an accident brings them together, a moving truck damaging the tree in Bill… Continue reading

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The Ring

BB (out of 5) Flat, tepid thriller that steals from every film of its kind.  Naomi Watts stars as a driven journalist whose niece mysteriously dies of a stroke seven days after watching a… Continue reading

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Woody Allen: A Documentary

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the most impressive careers in the history of cinema is examined in this biography of Woody Allen, a man whose output has been outweighed only by the… Continue reading

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Dream House

0.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to do worse than this thriller, producing few chills, rife with bad character clichés and a hackneyed plot that makes all its actors look incredibly brainless (they… Continue reading

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Mother And Child

BB.5 (out of 5) The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting into trouble with her high school boyfriend.  We then fast-forward to thirty seven years later, where a lonely… Continue reading

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The Assassination Of Richard Nixon

BB (out of 5) It’s 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn) is sick and tired of not being respected. His ex-wife (Naomi Watts) treats him like he’s invisible, his boss (Jack Thompson) at… Continue reading

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Babe: Pig In The City

BBB (out of 5) Weird sequel to the classic 1995 comedy doesn’t come anywhere near the perfection of its predecessor but is a curiousity in itself. George Miller (who produced the first instalment)… Continue reading

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Fair Game (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting true story of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by the Bush administration in an effort to further their cause to invade Iraq.  Naomi Watts is… Continue reading

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21 Grams

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This is a powerful tale of love lost and souls redeemed that, like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s previous feature Amores Perros has complete strangers linked by a tragic car accident.… Continue reading

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Dangerous Beauty

BBBB (out of 5) Catherine McCormack is wonderful in this true story of a Venetian courtesan who survives religious intolerance, a whole bevy of jealous lovers and one mother of a plague to live… Continue reading

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Adore

BBBB (out of 5) Naomi Watts and Robin Wright live in their paradise of a coastal Australian town, best friends attached at the hip since childhood. Watts loses her husband in a car accident when… Continue reading

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Inland Empire

BBB (out of 5) David Lynch goes full-on indie in this exploration of the truly bizarre, shooting his three-hour epic drama on grainy handicam and releasing it without the help of any studio… Continue reading

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Wide Sargasso Sea

BB (out of 5) Ever wonder about Rochester’s crazy wife in Jane Eyre? A prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s classic, this film starring Nathaniel Parker in the lead details Rochester’s younger days living in… Continue reading

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Flirting

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Duigan’s sequel to The Year My Voice Broke is superior to its original. It continues the adventures of a young Australian boy (a superb Noah Taylor) who moves… Continue reading

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The Painted Veil

BBBB.5 (out of 5) At last, an old-fashioned movie that gives the “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” crowd something to cheer for, and more cynical, modern audiences something deep to… Continue reading

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We Don’t Live Here Anymore

BB.5 (out of 5) Yeah, but we don’t care. This adaptation of two Andre Dubus novellas (originally published in 1984, and it shows) falls short of the recent spew of film transfers of… Continue reading

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Eastern Promises

BB (out of 5) An intriguing title and the reunion of the key figures of A History Of Violence bode well for this thriller-drama that eventually fails on promises in any direction, despite… Continue reading

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Le Divorce

BB.5 (out of 5) In this latest offering from the team of Merchant Ivory, a young American woman (Kate Hudson) arrives in Paris to be with her newly pregnant sister (Naomi Watts), a… Continue reading

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J. Edgar

BBBB (out of 5) Director Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black look to rehabilitate the reputation of one of the twentieth century’s shadiest political figures, J. Edgar Hoover. This reverent but never… Continue reading

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I Heart Huckabees

BBBB (out of 5) Jason Schwartzman is an environmental activist who wonders if his efforts to save a marshland from a big Wal-Martish superstore are really making a difference to the fate of… Continue reading

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Funny Games U.S.

BBB (out of 5) Michael Haneke goes back to his roots by remaking, shot for shot, his 1997 thriller with English-speaking actors. This time the happy couple are played by Tim Roth and… Continue reading

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King Kong (2005)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Exciting, touching and exhausting adventure by Peter Jackson, following up his Lord Of The Rings trilogy with another critical and commercial success. A desperate filmmaker (Jack Black, painfully miscast)… Continue reading

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Mulholland Dr.

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Atmosphere is just the first delicious part of the experience in this David Lynch film, his best since Blue Velvet. Two women are united after a car accident on… Continue reading

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The Impossible (Lo Imposible)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The tsunami that struck the shores of Thailand in 2004, devastating thousands of lives including citizens and tourists, is the subject of this harrowing drama that focuses on the… Continue reading

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s heart is light in this forgettable tale of love among modern day Londoners. Naomi Watts is superb as a beleaguered woman whose art history degree has gotten her… Continue reading

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