Tag Archive: Woody Allen

Cafe Society

B (out of 5) Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los Angeles and goes to work for his uncle (Steve Carell), a successful Hollywood agent… Continue reading

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Irrational Man

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes And Misdemeanors and Match Point. Joaquin Phoenix is effective as a philosophy professor… Continue reading

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Magic In The Moonlight

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen has such a good time lazing in the bright sunshine of the French Riviera that the pace slackens in this uninspiring romantic comedy. A highly successful 1920s… Continue reading

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Fading Gigolo

B.5 (out of 5) Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John Turturro that he has stumbled upon a terrific proposition for… Continue reading

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors… Continue reading

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Woody Allen: A Documentary

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the most impressive careers in the history of cinema is examined in this biography of Woody Allen, a man whose output has been outweighed only by the… Continue reading

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what… Continue reading

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Play It Again, Sam

BBBB (out of 5) Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a Bogart-obsessed film writer who goes looking for love after his wife leaves him. His friends Diane… Continue reading

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Scenes From A Mall

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Mazursky continues to make humourous reinterpretations of famous foreign films, here taking Ingmar Bergman’s somber Scenes From A Marriage and sets it in sunny California, with bickering couple… Continue reading

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The Front

BBBB (out of 5) This was one of the first major Hollywood films to deal with the shameful blacklist of the 50s and 60s. After a group of writers have been fired from… Continue reading

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Blue Jasmine

BBBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett leaves New York and heads to San Francisco, formerly a super rich Park Avenue matron and now broke and disgraced in the wake of her former husband (Alec… Continue reading

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Casino Royale (1967)

BB (out of 5) This parody of James Bond movies was probably hilarious when it first came out in 1967, but it has since grown pretty stale. David Niven plays the famous superspy… Continue reading

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What’s New Pussycat

BB.5 (out of 5) The first feature film script written by Woody Allen to be produced, this so-so comedy stars Peter O’Toole as a notorious ladies’ man who wants very much to settle… Continue reading

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Wild Man Blues

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world tour. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple makes sure to keep a… Continue reading

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Antz

BBB.5 (out of 5) The sophisticated wit in this computer-animated comedy might go over most little tots’ heads.  Adults, however, will enjoy seeing an ant with a serial number instead of a name… Continue reading

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Picking Up The Pieces

BB (out of 5) Here’s a film that tries to be adorably weird but is just bad. New York-relocated-to-Texas butcher Woody Allen decides he’s had it with his philandering wife (an adorable Sharon… Continue reading

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Company Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Douglas McGrath plays an earnest American grammar teacher whose wife (Sigourney Weaver) aspires to higher social standing. Unable to take the pressure from her or his father-in-law anymore, McGrath lies… Continue reading

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To Rome With Love

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen heads to Italy for a delightful, multi-pronged comedy made up of four different narratives, ranging from sweetly comic to absurd. In one of them, a plot lifted… Continue reading

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Midnight In Paris

BBBB.5 (out of 5) You’ll fall in love with this movie as if you just met someone new. Woody Allen’s best since Match Point features a hilarious Owen Wilson playing the hapless nebbish who… Continue reading

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s heart is light in this forgettable tale of love among modern day Londoners. Naomi Watts is superb as a beleaguered woman whose art history degree has gotten her… Continue reading

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Whatever Works

BBB.5 (out of 5) Southern Christian conservatism meets New York Jewish cynicism in this sweet, winsome comedy by Woody Allen. Hypochondriac misanthrope Larry David, in a role that Allen usually reserves for himself… Continue reading

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BBBB (out of 5) Two American girls come to Barcelona so that one of them (Rebecca Hall) can work on her thesis on Catalan culture while the other (Scarlett Johansson) explores her wandering… Continue reading

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Cassandra’s Dream

B.5 (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s most miserable misfires, an unwatchable, unfunny comedy about two brothers (Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell) who are strapped for cash and decide to get into business… Continue reading

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Scoop

BBB (out of 5) A dead journalist (Ian McShane) on his way to the underworld is informed by another recently departed soul that her former employer (Hugh Jackman) might be the seral killer… Continue reading

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Melinda And Melinda

B.5 (out of 5) Two writers argue about the importance of comedy and tragedy, challenging each other to take the same situation (a woman crashes a dinner party) and take it in the… Continue reading

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Anything Else

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen has hit an all-time career low with this absolutely despicable comedy. Jason Biggs stars as a fledgling comedy writer who has trouble leaving people behind, even when they’re not… Continue reading

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Hollywood Ending

BBB (out of 5) A has-been, hypochondriac filmmaker (Woody Allen) is given the opportunity of a lifetime when his producer ex-wife (Téa Leoni) throws a giant, big-budget film into his lap and offers… Continue reading

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s clever zingers pour out of his mouth constantly but fall flat in this overtired and badly paced comedy, his least impressive in years. He plays a 1940s… Continue reading

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Small Time Crooks

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for robbing a bank.  The robbery goes bust but… Continue reading

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Sweet And Lowdown

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen’s best film since Mighty Aphrodite is this sweet fictional documentary about the second greatest jazz guitarist who ever lived. Living in the shadow of his hero Django… Continue reading

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Celebrity

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will keep you interested. Shot in gorgeous black… Continue reading

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Deconstructing Harry

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and his past (bad) relationships, using his stories as his guide.  Mr. Dalloway… Continue reading

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Everyone Says I Love You

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen pays tribute to the classic musical genre but does not come up with anything overly memorable. Socialites and convicts, tourists and lovers abound in this tale that… Continue reading

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Mighty Aphrodite

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter play a happy couple who decide to adopt a baby and start a family. When the kid’s a little more grown up, Allen becomes curious… Continue reading

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Bullets Over Broadway

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his latest opus, he will make absolutely no concessions: he will direct it himself to… Continue reading

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

BBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a bored housewife who insists that the woman who lives down the hall from them was murdered.  Allen… Continue reading

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Husbands And Wives

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s examination of married couples isn’t as marvelous as his similar look into the world of siblings (Hannah and Her Sisters), but it features choice moments and brilliant… Continue reading

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Take The Money And Run

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s first film as director (not counting his dubbing job on What’s Up, Tiger Lily?) is a hilarious riot that is still a treat to watch today. It’s… Continue reading

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Bananas

BBB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s hilarious comedy spoofs the Cuban Missile Crisis and Fidel Castro. He plays a regular, everyday Manhattanite who meets a beautiful political activist (Louise Lasser, who filmed this… Continue reading

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex *but were afraid to ask

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s comical adaptation of David Reuben’s self-help book is a sometimes funny, sometimes boring collection of skits strung together. Among the best of them is a hilarious tale… Continue reading

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Sleeper

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s funniest pre-Annie Hall comedy is this terrific romp set in the distant future. He plays a New Yorker who wakes up in a hospital room two hundred… Continue reading

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Love And Death

BBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s funniest comedies, this joyful film is a hilarious spoof on epic Russian novels and films. In it, a young farmer from the provinces achieves fame… Continue reading

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the… Continue reading

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Interiors

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This Ingmar Bergman-inspired drama is a complete reversal of style for Woody Allen, effectively capturing the downward spiral of an upper class New York family that is falling apart… Continue reading

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Manhattan

BBBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen creates a tribute to the Big Apple, to romance, to movies and to the love of love itself with this dreamy film. He plays a writer working on… Continue reading

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Stardust Memories

BB.5 (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism he received for the post-Annie Hall change in his style. He plays… Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by Bergman’s Smiles Of A Summer Night, Woody Allen‘s comedy takes place at a beautiful country cottage at the turn of the century. Inventor Allen and wife Mary Steenburgen invite… Continue reading

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Zelig

BBBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s most fascinating achievements as an artist, and he has never made anything like it before or since. Filmed as a documentary (though entirely fictional in… Continue reading

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Broadway Danny Rose

BBBBB (out of 5) This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who… Continue reading

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