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The Story of Us

CAN A MARIAGE SURVIVE 15 YEARS OF MARRIAGE? Ben and Katie Jordan (Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer) have been married for 15 years, but find it is increasingly difficult to stay together. Saturday Night Live veteran Alan Zweibel co-wrote this film, which is why a drama about adult relationships is packed with funny lines. That’s not … Continue reading The Story of Us

National Treasure

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE HISTORY HAS EVER REVEALED. Historian/adventurer Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has always been looking for history’s greatest treasure; he discovers that the back of the Declaration of Independence may harbor clues to it. Here’s an action movie that teaches us about American history in a clever and entertaining way, throwing us from one landmark … Continue reading National Treasure

Along Came Polly

FOR THE MOST CAUTIOUS MAN ON EARTH, LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET INTERESTING.  Insurance risk manager Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) watches his marriage fall apart in no time; then he meets Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) who is even more afraid of taking chances than he is. Apparently there’s no limit to how many times we’ll … Continue reading Along Came Polly

Welcome to Mooseport

THE TOWN ISN’T SMALL ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM. Ex-president Monroe “Eagle” Cole (Gene Hackman) moves to a small town and agrees to run for mayor; his opponent is an affable plumber (Ray Romano) with commitment issues. That sounds just like Romano’s character on Everybody Loves Raymond, and he does indeed play the plumber … Continue reading Welcome to Mooseport

Royal Tenenbaums: Family Business

FAMILY ISN’T A WORD… IT’S A SENTENCE. At the time of its release, famed film critic Leonard Maltin was one of several to point out the fact that Wes Anderson’s new film has no story. He’s right about that, it’s very difficult to tell someone what this movie is about. What it does have however … Continue reading Royal Tenenbaums: Family Business

Kate & Leopold

IF THEY LIVED IN THE SAME CENTURY, THEY’D BE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. Time traveler Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber) accidentally brings Leopold Mountbatten (Hugh Jackman), a duke who lived in New York in 1876, to 2001; Stuart’s ex-girlfriend (Meg Ryan) reluctantly befriends the visitor. This romantic comedy has a few funny sequences where the duke … Continue reading Kate & Leopold

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

THE FACTORY OPENS JULY 2005. When the reclusive Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) opens his mysterious chocolate factory to the public for the first time in many years, young Charlie (Freddie Highmore) becomes one of five lucky children to get invitations. Tim Burton introduces the amazing Roald Dahl original to a new generation and cleverly combines it … Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Paycheck

REMEMBER THE FUTURE. Computer software engineer Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) is hired by Jimmy Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart) for an assignment; his memory of this job is subsequently erased, but he’s horrified to learn that he’s walked into a trap. We’re all equally horrified to see director John Woo make another mediocre action movie. This one … Continue reading Paycheck