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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The Addams Family

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of the many retro television shows that have made it to the big screen, this comedy and its superior sequel are among the very best (only the Brady Bunch… Continue reading

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Addams Family Values

BBBB (out of 5) In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older… Continue reading

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Clueless

BBBBB (out of 5) I’d say that this is probably the Citizen Kane of movies about teenagers. Loosely adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma, Amy Heckerling’s first film about teens since her hit Fast Times… Continue reading

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Pacific Heights

BBB (out of 5) Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine finally get to purchase their dream home atop a gorgeous San Francisco hill, but with the expense of the house comes the need for a tenant.… Continue reading

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Angela’s Ashes

BBBB (out of 5) Strong adaptation of Frank McCourt’s autobiography about growing up poor in 1940s Ireland.  It’s an uplifting and touching trip back in time through McCourt’s eyes as he sees himself… 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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Ransom

BB (out of 5) Mel Gibson‘s son is kidnapped and taken for ransom, his captors demanding millions of dollars or they will kill the child and expose the shady practices behind the airline… Continue reading

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Changing Lanes

BBBB (out of 5) Compelling Hollywood thriller with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson as random strangers thrown together by destiny when their cars collide on a New York Freeway. Jackson is on… Continue reading

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Sabrina (1995)

BB (out of 5) Remaking Billy Wilder’s 1954 comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was a bad idea in the first place, but considering the cast you’d think it could still… Continue reading

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law… 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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Notes On A Scandal

BBBB (out of 5) Queen Elizabeths young and old come face to face in this searing drama about a lonely, spinster schoolteacher (Judi Dench) who becomes smitten with the beautiful new art instructor… Continue reading

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Iris

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptional performances from some of the best British actors out there are the life’s breath of this movie about late writer Iris Murdoch. Based on the biography by her… Continue reading

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Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit

BB.5 (out of 5) All the fun is gone from the original musical comedy that preceded this uninspired sequel. Whoopi Goldberg is brought back into the fray and asked to don the habit for… Continue reading

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White Sands

BB.5 (out of 5) Totally bland, unmemorable thriller about a cop (Willem Dafoe) in a small town whose investigation of a murder leads him to a big operation being controlled by the FBI.… Continue reading

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Failure To Launch

BB (out of 5) Matthew McConaughey is a successful boat salesman who is 35 years old and still living with his parents. Desperate to get him out of the house and into his own… Continue reading

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Regarding Henry

BBB.5 (out of 5) Recreating the charm of Frank Capra classics is attempted in this enjoyable heartwarmer by Mike Nichols. He even casts it perfectly by putting Harrison Ford, the modern-day Gary Cooper,… Continue reading

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

B (out of 5) Extremely annoyed is how you’ll feel from the opening of this execrable movie, a false and cloying attempt at feel-good post-9/11 drama that is surprisingly made by the director… Continue reading

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jonathan Demme once again adapts a popular 1960s movie for the modern age and this time does a much better job than his painful bastardization of Stanley Donen’s Charade… Continue reading

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Bringing Out The Dead

BB.5 (out of 5) Martin Scorsese returns to the harrowing themes of Taxi Driver that made him so popular twenty-odd years earlier. Nicolas Cage is mostly expressionless as a New York City ambulance paramedic… Continue reading

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True Grit (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) Hailee Steinfeld is excellent as a fourteen year-old girl who leaves her rural county to head to the big city and find the man who shot her father. Having deduced… 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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