Tag Archive: Scott Rudin

Fences

BBBB (out of 5) A garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh comes home every day to a loving wife and a teenage son, dispensing tough love and harsh wisdom on both while constantly harping… Continue reading

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Steve Jobs

BBB (out of 5) Aaron Sorkin applies his fast-talking style to the career of Steve Jobs for a film that is, thankfully, not a biopic but an investigation of ambition and compromise. The… Continue reading

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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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Rosewater

BB (out of 5) Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) leaves his pregnant wife in London to visit his home country and cover the controversial 2009 democratic elections that saw incumbent Ahmadinejad’s… Continue reading

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Marci X

0.5 (out of 5) Not even the presence of two adorable stars can help this abysmally inept comedy, in which Lisa Kudrow stars as a privileged Jewish princess who needs to step in and… Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

BBBB (out of 5) Wes Anderson turns to the inspiration of Stefan Zweig for a glimpse of old-world European daintiness filtered through his own precious imagination.  Author Jude Law visits a faded grand hotel… Continue reading

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

BBBB (out of 5) Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and sports he enjoys with his friends, until one day in the park with his mother he… Continue reading

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The First Wives Club

BBBB (out of 5) Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s possible that even devoted readers will still enjoy it. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are in peak… Continue reading

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of… Continue reading

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Zoolander

BBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson couldn’t be funnier in this one-joke film that will guarantee some worthwhile chuckles. They play dimwitted male supermodels who are being brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by a… Continue reading

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Shaft (2000)

BBBB (out of 5) Samuel L. Jackson rules this film update of Ernest Tidyman’s cool-as-sin cop creation, first filmed in 1971 with Richard Roundtree. John Singleton brings Shaft to the nineties without losing the… Continue reading

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The Village

B (out of 5) This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary tales is one of the most pretentiously idiotic pieces of tripe that you’ll ever see. It takes place in the… Continue reading

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Doubt

BBBB (out of 5) Tradition clashes with modern thinking at a Catholic school run by nuns in 1960s New York City. Priest Philip Seymour Hoffman gives sermons that capture and stir the emotions… Continue reading

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Inside Llewyn Davis

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Another terrific example of how magical the Coen Brothers can be when they let go their desire to be cute about their favourite movie genres.  This indelibly perfect tribute… Continue reading

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Captain Phillips

BBBB (out of 5) A freighter off the shores of Somalia is overtaken by armed pirates in this fact-based story starring a superb Tom Hanks as the titular leader of the vessel.  Paul Greengrass… Continue reading

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Team America: World Police

BBB (out of 5) They’re fierce, they’re tough, and they will stop at nothing to protect the world from terrorists, even if it means blowing up entire countries to do it! Team America… Continue reading

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In & Out

BBBB (out of 5) Pointedly funny comedy by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, Addams Family Values) about a shy, mild-mannered high school teacher (Kevin Kline) whose life is thrown into a frenzy when a former… Continue reading

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Updating a novel written in the sixties that was a satiric examination of America’s response to the new feminism might seem as pointless as Guy Ritchie’s modernizing Lina Wertmuller’s… Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

BBB (out of 5) Ten years after her husband (Alec Baldwin) left her for a much younger woman, Meryl Streep is a confident and adjusted single woman with three kids and a collection of… Continue reading

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Margaret

BB (out of 5) Anna Paquin is a hormonal, hypersensitive, sometimes charismatic but mostly trite teenager who, on a random shopping excursion to look for a hat, finds herself in the middle of a… Continue reading

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School Of Rock

BBBB (out of 5) An immature, overgrown rocker (Jack Black) gets a wake-up call when his failing rock band fires him and he is need of quick cash to pay the rent. Deciding… Continue reading

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Marvin’s Room

BBBB (out of 5) Strong adaptation of Scott McPherson’s intimate stage play that is now a beautiful film about rediscovering family. Diane Keaton, in a marvelous performance, plays a woman who has just been diagnosed… Continue reading

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Little Man Tate

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her directorial debut with this admirable drama, also starring as an overworked single mother who discovers that her baby son shows signs of exceptional intelligence. Now heading… Continue reading

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BBB.5 (out of 5) David Fincher adapts Stieg Larsson’s phenomenally successful novel, hot on the heels of the Swedish trilogy of films that were made in 2009-2010 for an almost on-par experience. Daniel… Continue reading

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The Social Network

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Facebook.com was already a giant phenomenon when it was an exclusive social network for university and college students around the globe; when it went beyond the scholastic borders and… 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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Revolutionary Road

BBB (out of 5) WARNING! The suburbs are bad for you–I know, I know, you might not know this despite the fact that it’s been dealt with in only seven hundred million other… Continue reading

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Mother

BBBB (out of 5) Debbie Reynolds is incredibly funny in Albert Brooks’ best film since Lost In America.  Brooks plays a blocked writer who decides to move back in with his breezy mother… Continue reading

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Wonder Boys

BBBBB (out of 5) Rich, uplifting comedy from Curtis Hanson, with Michael Douglas better than ever before as an aging college professor who has the weekend from hell fall in his lap: his married… 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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Twilight (1998)

BBB (out of 5) Passable detective thriller in the Sam Spade vein stars Paul Newman as a disgruntled private eye investigating a teen’s disappearance and involvement in a crime. An all-star cast of Susan… Continue reading

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Nobody’s Fool

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terrific family drama, with Paul Newman as a construction worker who abandoned wife and kids decades earlier when life got too complicated for him. Now he lives blocks away from his family… Continue reading

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

BB (out of 5) Once-famous Cousteau-esque ocean explorer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is at the lowest point he has ever sunk in his life: his filmed adventures in the great big blue are… Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the… Continue reading

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The Royal Tenenbaums

BBBBB (out of 5) The creators of Rushmore have returned with an even better comedy, one that centres around a troubled family who have hit rock bottom and need help to be pushed… Continue reading

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Moonrise Kingdom

BB.5 (out of 5) Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s… Continue reading

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The Darjeeling Limited

BBBB (out of 5) There’s a moment of pure beauty somewhere in this Wes Anderson film, where Adrien Brody takes the short story his brother just wrote and reads it privately in a secluded… Continue reading

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Frances Ha

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Noah Baumbach makes his first return to top form since his superb The Squid And The Whale in 2005 with this infectiously charming comedy that pays tribute to early… Continue reading

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Greenberg

BB.5 (out of 5) Ben Stiller is released from the hospital after a nervous breakdown and is invited by his brother (Chris Messina) to look after his California house while he and his wife… Continue reading

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Margot At The Wedding

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman gives a layered perforamnce as a successful writer returning to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The two of them haven’t spoken… Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously gothic fun from Tim Burton that rivals any of the neo-realized classic horror-story films (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) made up until this point. Johnny Depp is wonderful as… Continue reading

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Mrs. Soffel

BBB (out of 5) This fact-based romance is a passable soap opera, elevated beyond its status by a genre-bending performance by Diane Keaton (costume drama is not the first thing you associate her with,… Continue reading

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The Truman Show

BBBBB (out of 5) Perfectly written, acted, directed and edited comedy about Truman Burbank, a morally upright young man (Jim Carrey) who has absolutely no idea that his entire life is a television… Continue reading

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