Mean Girls

BBB.5 (out of 5) A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay Lohan) who has spent her life home-schooled in Africa is brought back to the States and put into a public school for the first time. She immediately befriends both misfits and in-crowders, plus falls for the cutest boy in school (Jonathan Bennett) who sits right…

Rate this:

Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

Rate this:

The House Of Yes

BB (out of 5) Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants to be a full-on political farce or a harmless comedy.  Josh Hamilton brings new girlfriend Tori Spelling home to meet his wacky Washington family, a group of misfits who live within viewing distance of the White House. His whole clan have a screw…

Rate this:

The Matador

B.5 (out of 5) Great characters and strong performances are wasted by lame direction in this gross misfire. While visiting Mexico to secure an important business deal and get his life back on track, Greg Kinnear meets a mouthy drunk (Pierce Brosnan) in the hotel bar who reveals to him that he is a professional assassin….

Rate this:

Young Adult

BBBB (out of 5) Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) lives the truly glamorous life: she has random sex on first dates, passes out fully dressed and drunk on her bed every night and is still thrown for a loop when reminded about her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). She also has an illustrious career as a…

Rate this:

Thank You For Smoking

BB (out of 5) Aaron Eckhart plays a lobbyist for Big Tobacco whose savvy ability to argue cigarettes to safe passage in a health-conscious America make him a national villain. He courts an ambitious reporter (Katie Holmes) whose idea of ‘off the record’ is skewed to say the least, wins over a cancer patient on the…

Rate this:

Election

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant satire that narrows down the hot American political arena to a high school election for SAC president. This isn’t to say that anything is less complicated or dangerous than a real presidential election of course, not when you have cutthroat candidate Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) who is planning on winning…

Rate this:

Sideways

BBBB (out of 5) One week before his best friend (Thomas Haden Church) is due to be married, a high school English teacher/aspiring writer (Paul Giamatti) takes a trip with him to the wine regions of northern California for a week-long, upscale bachelor party. Naturally, no matter how cerebral they try to make their trip,…

Rate this:

Citizen Ruth

BBBB (out of 5) Alexander Payne made a brilliant debut with this wonderful black comedy that deals with a real political hot potato, abortion. When an inhalant-abusing pregnant woman (Laura Dern in one of her most electrifying performances) decides to terminate, she is stopped by an anti-abortion group led by Swoosie Kurtz and Mary Kay Place and encouraged…

Rate this:

The Last Shot

BBB (out of 5) Hilarious spoof, reportedly based on a true story, brims with vigour and wit and then ends without a satisfying third act. Alec Baldwin plays an FBI agent who comes up with a brilliant scheme to catch a mob boss (Tony Shalhoub) his team has long been after: fake a movie production so…

Rate this:

Legally Blonde

BBB.5 (out of 5) Reese Witherspoon‘s brilliant timing is the best thing about this charming comedy, roughly a Private Benjamin Goes To Law School of sorts. She plays a fluffy, nail-painting blonde who is destroyed when her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of his transferring to Harvard to study law; apparently, this sunny-haired gal…

Rate this:

Kate And Leopold

BBBB (out of 5) You have to be quite the humbug not to enjoy this heartwarming romance about cross-cultural love between two complete opposites. 19th-century English Duke Hugh Jackman has the surprise of a lifetime when he follows a strange party guest (Liev Schreiber) in his home to the newly-erected Brooklyn Bridge, falls into the…

Rate this: