Tag Archive: William H. Macy

Room

BBB (out of 5) We are introduced to a mother and son spending their days in a tiny one-room apartment that very quickly reveals a much more horrible truth: she (Brie Larson) was… Continue reading

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House of Games

BBBB (out of 5) Lindsay Crouse is excellent as a psychiatrist who has hit the limelight with the publication of a best-selling book.  High on her superior power, she blurs the professional line when… Continue reading

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Cake

BBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston‘s sarcastic, broken-down protagonist seems to have nothing but the wrong side of the bed to wake up on for the rest of her life.  The scars on… Continue reading

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The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

BBBB (out of 5) Animation becomes poetry as Hayao Miyazaki makes what he has announced as his final film into an ode to dreaming itself.  This beautiful romance between both a man and… 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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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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Mystery Men

BBB (out of 5) A group of bumbling losers who want to be superheroes get their big chance when Champion City’s actual crime-fighting hero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is kidnapped by the evil… Continue reading

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Somewhere In Time

BBBB (out of 5) I call this one the Gone With The Wind of Harlequin romances. Christopher Reeve is wonderful as a hunky playwright who is approached after one of his plays by… Continue reading

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The Sessions

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by the true story of Mark O’Brien, particularly the Academy Award-winning short documentary Breathing Lessons by Jessica Yu.  O’Brien was a scholar and writer who contracted polio as… 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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Seabiscuit

BBB.5 (out of 5) What do an abandoned horse jockey, a grieving millionaire car manufacturer and an unemployed horse whisperer have in common? Fate, for it seems that it will bring them together… Continue reading

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Pleasantville

BBBB (out of 5) Tobey Maguire experiences a dream come true when he is magically transported along with his always-at-odds sister (Reese Witherspoon) to the world of his favourite Leave It To Beaver-like… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Spartan

BBBB (out of 5) After the president’s daughter is kidnapped and taken by sex-slave traders from the Middle East, the Secret Service recruit a Lone Wolf military man (Val Kilmer) to track her… Continue reading

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Oleanna

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating adaptation of David Mamet’s popular and undeservedly controversial play. When a university student (Debra Eisenstadt) consults her professor (William H. Macy) about a course she is having difficulty… Continue reading

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State And Main

BB (out of 5) Ridiculously smug comedy from David Mamet, who apparently thinks that he is the only clean soul in all of Hollywood. An independent film company comes to a tiny town… Continue reading

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The Cooler

BBBB (out of 5) Bust out the cigars, folks, cause Mr. Scorsese’s Casino just got itself a brand new baby brother. Three of the most impressive performances of 2003 sparkle in this nifty… Continue reading

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Jurassic Park III

BB.5 (out of 5) Weak entry in the dinosaur saga has some scenes so scary they surpass the work done by Steven Spielberg in his previous two films (Jurassic Park, The Lost World:… Continue reading

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Happy, Texas

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two escaped convicts (Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn) steal a gay couple’s RV and get stuck in the small town where the couple were expected to perform duties as beauty… Continue reading

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Mr. Holland’s Opus

BB (out of 5) Pure schmaltz.  Richard Dreyfuss devotes his life to being the best possible music teacher he can be at the high school he teaches at, while ignoring his responsibilities to his… Continue reading

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Air Force One

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller has President of the United States Harrison Ford  defending himself and his family when terrorist Gary Oldman and his scary bad guys take over the First Airplane… Continue reading

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Roommates

BBB (out of 5) Peter Falk can’t get enough of stealing scenes in this touching family drama, as a Polish American baker who raises his grandson after the boy loses both parents. Naturally,… Continue reading

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The Lincoln Lawyer

BBBB (out of 5) Matthew McConaughey puts his slimy charms to terrific effect in this solid legal thriller with a wonderful twist on an old story: what happens when a lawyer not only knows… Continue reading

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Inland Empire

BBB (out of 5) David Lynch goes full-on indie in this exploration of the truly bizarre, shooting his three-hour epic drama on grainy handicam and releasing it without the help of any studio… Continue reading

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Bobby

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy.… Continue reading

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Cellular

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hollywood genre movies like this are more of an exercise than an actual film experience, but if that is the case then this one is a great day at… Continue reading

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Sahara

BB.5 (out of 5) Empty-headed adventure film that seeks to create a new franchise for its star, Matthew McConaughey, but future installments will have to be a lot better than this one. He… Continue reading

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Ghosts Of Mississippi

B.5 (out of 5) Usually a terrible drama distinguishes itself from the good ones by being boring; not so with this empty-headed film from Rob Reiner. The proceedings are very easy to get… Continue reading

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Psycho (1998)

BBB (out of 5) Gus Van Sant does an exercise in the ridiculous with this almost shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s milestone horror classic. This version, now shot in colour, has Marion Crane… Continue reading

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Benny & Joon

BB (out of 5) A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and… Continue reading

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Fargo

BBBBB (out of 5) The Coen Brothers achieve perfection for the first time in their career with this incredible classic that combines crime drama and comedy. Two low lives (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare)… Continue reading

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Wag The Dog

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally witty comedy by Barry Levinson stars Dustin Hoffman as a movie producer who is enlisted by top government official Robert De Niro to create a war for the American public… Continue reading

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Boogie Nights

BBB (out of 5) No matter how well shot, designed and acted it is, by the end of P.T. Anderson’s porn-in-the-70s epic, patience runs out. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as a busboy who… Continue reading

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Magnolia

BBBBB (out of 5) Moving tribute to broken hearts and missed opportunities, with Paul Thomas Anderson presenting a wide assortment of residents in the San Fernando Valley who struggle from their lowest points… Continue reading

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Radio Days

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s beautiful bit of semi-autobiographical nostalgia follows the life of a Jewish family in 1930s New York whose life revolves, one way or the other, around their experiences… Continue reading

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Shadows And Fog

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work hard at it). He wastes a… Continue reading

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