Tag Archive: Shirley MacLaine

The Yellow Rolls-Royce

BB.5 (out of 5) Anthony Asquith and Terence Rattigan team up to recreate the success of The V.I.P.s with another all-star affair, three stories of disappointed love linked by the titular vehicle. It… Continue reading

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Guarding Tess

BBB (out of 5) Secret Service Agent Nicolas Cage is given his worst nightmare of an assignment when he is instructed to keep a close eye on a former president’s wife (Shirley MacLaine) who… Continue reading

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Irma La Douce

BB.5 (out of 5) The idea here was to reunite the cast and director of The Apartment and create yet another successful masterpiece that would please both critics and audiences. The result was… Continue reading

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One, Two, Three

BBB (out of 5) James Cagney gives a terrific comedic performance as an executive for Coca-Cola in West Berlin who gets nervous about his job when the American boss (Howard St. John) comes over… Continue reading

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The Apartment

BBBBB (out of 5) Jack Lemmon excels as a low-level office worker who, on occasion, lends his bachelor apartment to philandering business superiors to use for trysts with their mistresses. Unbeknownst to him, one… Continue reading

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Artists And Models

BB.5 (out of 5) Splashy colours and some fun songs don’t do much for this forgettable Martin and Lewis comedy. Dean Martin plays a cartoonist who is down on his luck for his inspiration… Continue reading

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Loving Couples

BB (out of 5) Couple swapping is yet again the subject of a romantic comedy, and this one barely rises above the quality of forgettable drivel. Shirley MacLaine plays a successful doctor whose surgeon… Continue reading

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Two Mules For Sister Sara

BBBB (out of 5) While on a mission to find out about a French-protected fort that he plans on attacking, soldier Clint Eastwood comes across a nun (Shirley MacLaine) who is about to be… Continue reading

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Vito

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the man himself. It’s a… Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s… Continue reading

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Get Bruce

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fun documentary that chronicles the career of one of the most successful comedy writers in show business today, Bruce Vilanch. After an auspicious debut as a writer for the… Continue reading

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Can-Can

BBB (out of 5) In nineteenth century Paris the lewd dance of the Can-Can is forbidden, but Shirley MacLaine has been performing it in her Montmartre nightclub, where she and the other girls keep… Continue reading

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Used People

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the senior set. On the day of her husband’s funeral, Shirley MacLaine is approached by an old acquaintance (Marcello Mastroianni in his… Continue reading

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Madame Sousatzka

BBB (out of 5) An overdone performance by Shirley MacLaine almost ruins this intimate little drama, but it’s still worth enjoying. She plays an eccentric piano teacher living in London whose star pupil (Navin… Continue reading

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The Evening Star

BBB (out of 5) Although there are some high points in this sequel to 1983’s Oscar winning Terms Of Endearment, the elements of the original that didn’t survive to the sequel are sorely missing.… Continue reading

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In Her Shoes

BBBB (out of 5) Toni Collette is a successful lawyer whose orderly life is periodically disrupted by her aimless but highly glamorous, boy-crazy sister (Cameron Diaz) in this absorbing film by Curtis Hanson… Continue reading

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Steel Magnolias

BBBB (out of 5) This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert Harling’s play is full of memorable moments, some hilarious and some heartbreaking. An ensemble piece, it centres around the volatile relationship between an… Continue reading

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The Turning Point

BB.5 (out of 5) The world of ballet gets world class treatment from Hollywood and director Herbert Ross, but the screenplay of this film is mired down in soap opera cliches. Shirley MacLaine… Continue reading

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Some Came Running

BBB (out of 5) Frank Sinatra falls asleep on a bus in a drunken stupor and wakes up the next morning in his home town, still wearing his army uniform and toting a… Continue reading

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Sweet Charity

BB (out of 5) You’d never know that Bob Fosse would go on to become such a great filmmaker when you only view this terrible film version of his Broadway play. Based on… Continue reading

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Bewitched

BBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming comedy inspired by the original television series. Will Ferrell plays an obnoxiously self-centred movie star whose latest bomb has forced him to take the lead role in a… Continue reading

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The Celluloid Closet

BBBBB (out of 5) Great documentary from Academy Award-winning directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein (Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt) about the history of homosexuality in Hollywood cinema. Featuring interviews with Susan… Continue reading

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Rumor Has It…

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston is perfectly cast as a young woman who has commitment issues with her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) that go into a tailspin when she finds out a shocking secret… Continue reading

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Woman Times Seven

BB (out of 5) Director Vittorio de Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini attempt to recreate the success of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow but fail miserably to hit the same mark. Now, instead of… Continue reading

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Postcards From The Edge

BBBBB (out of 5) Carrie Fisher published her novel of the same name to widespread acclaim, so it was only a matter of time before her thinly disguised autobiography would hit the movie… Continue reading

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The Trouble With Harry

BBBB (out of 5) Whereas a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense films feature a lot of humour in them, none are as darkly hilarious as this enjoyable little number. When a young boy… Continue reading

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My Geisha

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Shirley MacLaine plays the wife of a famous director (Yves Montand) who flies to Japan for a surprise visit after he has spent time there preparing for his new production… Continue reading

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Terms Of Endearment

BBB.5 (out of 5) Like Kramer Vs. Kramer, this moving drama is a straightforward, honestly emotional account of the ups and downs of family relationships.  Shirley MacLaine shines as a commanding Texas matriarch whose… Continue reading

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Defending Your Life

BBB (out of 5) Hollywood’s vision of the afterlife is given a bitterly comic tone in this charmer by Albert Brooks. After dying in a car accident, Brooks finds himself in a world… Continue reading

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The Children’s Hour

BBB.5 (out of 5) A totally misguided attempt at dealing with a social issue, The Children’s Hour is still a compelling drama even if the trappings are dated. Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine… Continue reading

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Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu

BBB.5 (out of 5) More updated version of Richard Leacock’s documentary about silent film star Louise Brooks, this time taking in a much more comprehensive look at her entire life.  Shirley MacLaine narrates… Continue reading

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Mrs. Winterbourne

BB (out of 5) Awkward comedy by Richard Benjamin (Mermaids) about a down-on-her-luck Ricki Lake accidentally trading places with a rich, married woman when they are both involved in a train accident along with… Continue reading

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Closing The Ring

BB.5 (out of 5) In 1991 Michigan, Shirley MacLaine buries her World War II veteran husband and endures the anger of her bitter daughter (Neve Campbell) who feels her mother isn’t showing the proper… Continue reading

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Being There

BB.5 (out of 5) Peter Sellers gave his last performance (at least until Blake Edwards magically edited him into a Pink Panther movie two years later) as a mentally challenged gardener who is used… Continue reading

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The Matchmaker (1958)

BB.5 (out of 5) If you can stand Shirley Booth, you’ll love her in this film version of Thornton Wilder’s popular play, which was also the inspiration for the musical Hello, Dolly. Booth… Continue reading

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Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

BBBB (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of Jules Verne’s popular adventure novel is highlighted by gorgeous photography and numerous celebrity cameos. British gentleman Phileas Fogg (a delightfully dapper David Niven) makes a… Continue reading

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Bernie

BBB (out of 5) A stranger-than-fiction case of murder and greed in Carthage, Texas, with Jack Black portraying an undertaker whose friendship with an ornery widow (Shirley MacLaine) is a mystery to the townspeople.… Continue reading

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