Tag Archive: Susan Sarandon

Speed Racer

B (out of 5) A strong contender for Most Annoying Film Of All Time, adapted from the popular Japanese television series by the Wachowskis to look like a cartoon in live-action form.  What it… Continue reading

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Mothers and Daughters

BB (out of 5) The relationships between generations of women is explored by a stunning cast in this sappy melodrama. Christina Ricci has found out a hard truth about her family that has made… Continue reading

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Pretty Baby

BBB.5 (out of 5) Brooke Shields has spent all her twelve years growing up in a World War I-era New Orleans brothel, her mother (Susan Sarandon) a seasoned professional who has just given birth… Continue reading

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The Last Of Robin Hood

BB.5 (out of 5) Errol Flynn was already a notorious ladies man with a few statutory rape trials under his belt when he met teenager Beverly Aadland, beginning an affair with her that… Continue reading

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The Calling

BB.5 (out of 5) Susan Sarandon plays a broken, alcoholic police chief whose inability to give a damn about her job causes little interruption of the running of affairs in her posting in… Continue reading

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Tammy

BB (out of 5) Melissa McCarthy plays a mouthy, unkempt fast food employee whose day begins badly when she hits a deer on the road, her boss (Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real life-husband who… Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas

BB.5 (out of 5) A scientist in the late nineteenth century is beset by illness while on an ocean voyage; a composer in England in the 1930s becomes assistant to a cantankerous legend… Continue reading

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Illuminata

BB (out of 5) Too strange to be memorable, this odd mess of a film concerns a nineteenth-century minor theatre group putting on an opera. An A-list cast that includes John Turturro (who also… Continue reading

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Joe Gould’s Secret

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pleasant tribute to Manhattan life in the 1940s, with Stanley Tucci (who also directs) playing New Yorker columnist Joe Mitchell. Mitchell comes upon the story of the decade when he… Continue reading

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Anywhere But Here

BB (out of 5) The presence of at least one happy scene would have done much for this overly melodramatic film about a young woman (Natalie Portman) being dragged across the country by… Continue reading

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Igby Goes Down

BBBB (out of 5) Kieran Culkin gives a fine performance as Igby, a troubled teenager who constantly infuriates his socially upstanding mother (Susan Sarandon) by getting himself kicked out of every prep school on… 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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Moonlight Mile

BB (out of 5) After a middle-aged couple (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon) lose their daughter to murder, they find their lives are at a standstill while they look for something to help them… Continue reading

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Alfie (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) A British limousine driver (Jude Law) living in New York plays the field of romance with a score of different women, avoiding commitment issues with each of them in… Continue reading

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Bull Durham

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable sports movies ever made is this classic comedy by Ron Shelton.  Susan Sarandon is lethally sexy as a boy-crazy baseball fan who every season… Continue reading

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

BBBB (out of 5) There couldn’t possibly be a better way to spend Hallowe’en, or the odd Saturday night for that matter, or any night come to think of it, than cramming into… Continue reading

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James And The Giant Peach

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent film that uses the combination of traditional and computer animation that was featured in Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the… Continue reading

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The Client

BBBB (out of 5) The best John Grisham novel adaptation made so far (and most likely ever) is this excellent thriller starring newcomer Brad Renfro as a young Louisiana pre-teen who witnesses a suicide… Continue reading

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Light Sleeper

BBBB (out of 5) This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars Willem Dafoe as a drug dealer who gets wrapped up in some tricky schemes… Continue reading

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Cradle Will Rock

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding the birth and quick disappearance of the Federal Theatre Program in the 1930s, a program designed to bring… Continue reading

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Bob Roberts

BBB (out of 5) Tim Robbins stars and directs for the first time in this moderately enjoyable political comedy about a senator looking to make it big while playing folk music on his guitar.… Continue reading

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Noel

B (out of 5) Chazz Palminteri directs an abysmally manipulative and forgettable ensemble comedy about lonely people looking for love on Christmas. Susan Sarandon has been left alone by tragic circumstances and has only… Continue reading

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The January Man

BB (out of 5) An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who can never manage to save bad material, plays an ex-cop who was pushed off the force thanks… Continue reading

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Leaves Of Grass

BB (out of 5) Classics professor Edward Norton has worked hard to make himself the foremost scholar on ancient Greek philosophy, so much so that top Ivy League schools are starting to court… Continue reading

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The Witches Of Eastwick

BBBB (out of 5) Proof that even when he makes a bad movie George Miller is still making a good one, this delightful comedy is so enjoyable that even its weakest elements are… Continue reading

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Lorenzo’s Oil

BBBB (out of 5) Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents who found themselves with no place to turn when their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with a… Continue reading

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White Palace

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rich, young advertising executive James Spader stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage… Continue reading

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Enchanted

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince (James Marsden) in the world… Continue reading

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Solitary Man

BBB (out of 5) Michael Douglas has seen better days in this sober comedy/drama; he was once a kingpin car dealer with a Midas-level touch and cash to burn. Now he has been destroyed… Continue reading

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A Dry White Season

BBB.5 (out of 5) Donald Sutherland plays a schoolteacher in South Africa who is completely oblivious to the turbulence in his own country until it is pushed into his face: his gardener’s son gets… Continue reading

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The Hunger

BB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a vampire couple who search the underground punk clubs of their urban city for victims with which to enjoy all manner of lethal, carnal pleasures.… Continue reading

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Compromising Positions

BBBB (out of 5) An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit her readers has yet to be made, but at least you can enjoy this film for Susan Sarandon‘s adorable… Continue reading

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In The Valley Of Elah

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ex-army sergeant Tommy Lee Jones gets a phone call informing him that his son, just returned from service in Iraq, has disappeared from his army base and has been missing… Continue reading

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Cats And Dogs

B (out of 5) Bad special effects and poor editing mar what could have been a charming family for all ages in this insipid comedy. It’s the old cat vs. dog war gone… Continue reading

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Tempest (1982)

BB (out of 5) Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting, with John Cassavetes as an architect who has disturbing, prophetic dreams about his family. Fed up with his difficult… Continue reading

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Atlantic City

BBBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama directed by Louis Malle, in which Burt Lancaster plays a petty criminal who gets caught up with Susan Sarandon in a crooked drug deal orchestrated by her husband (Robert… Continue reading

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The Banger Sisters

BB.5 (out of 5) Aging rock groupie Suzette (Goldie Hawn) is down on her luck:  she’s just been fired from her job, and her having known Jim Morrison in his heyday isn’t garnering… 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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Elizabethtown

B (out of 5) Cameron Crowe’s successor to the wonderful films Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous is this unmitigated mess that tries to capture the best of both films (basically the quirky romance… Continue reading

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Thelma and Louise

BBBBB (out of 5) So much has been said and written about this film and its politics since it was first released in 1991 that it’s a relief to watch it again and… Continue reading

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Stepmom

B (out of 5) Insulting, lowminded cheese from Chris Columbus about a broken family that gets put through the wringer when dad (Ed Harris) decides he’s going to marry his new girlfriend (Julia… Continue reading

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Shall We Dance (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Bored by his pleasantly numb existence, an estate lawyer (Richard Gere) decides to swallow his fear and sign up for ballroom dance classes at the studio he passes on… Continue reading

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The Lovely Bones

BB (out of 5) A twelve year-old girl (Saoirse Ronan) is raped and murdered by the neighbourhood weirdo (Stanley Tucci) and finds herself wandering in the “in-between”, a computer graphically designed afterlife that… 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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Bernard and Doris

BBB.5 (out of 5) Doris Duke grew up as the “richest little girl in the world” after her tobacco magnate father died at 68 and left her his entire $100 million dollar fortune… Continue reading

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Joe

BBB (out of 5) This interesting, grungy little drama captures the frustrations of regular middle-aged folks and their reactions to the hippie movement of the sixties and seventies. Peter Boyle plays an incredibly angry… Continue reading

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Little Women (1994)

BBBBB (out of 5) There’s a lot of love poured in to every shot of this latest of many adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s children’s classic, revamped for the nineties with an infusion… Continue reading

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Dead Man Walking

BBBBB (out of 5) Susan Sarandon is peerless in this powerful and fascinating adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s true-life novel, about her experiences as a nun counselling inmates on death row. Tim Robbins… Continue reading

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The Player

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking. Tim Robbins is brilliant as a soulless studio executive who, between rounds of turning… Continue reading

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