Tag Archives: Abigail Breslin

Maggie

A zombie pandemic is raging through the country and Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is trying to protect his teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin), who’s been bitten, for as long as he can. An intriguing low-budget project for a star like Schwarzenegger who’s taken on one of his greatest acting challenges. His performance is low-key and perfectly … Continue reading Maggie

August: Osage County

MISERY LOVES FAMILY. When the Weston family patriarch (Sam Shepard) disappears one day, the oldest daughter (Julia Roberts) goes back to her childhood home in Oklahoma; she’s never been able to get along with her pill-popping mother (Meryl Streep). The very dark hit play gets its equally claustrophobic film adaptation. Featuring strong, in some cases … Continue reading August: Osage County

Ender’s Game

THIS IS NOT A GAME. Years into the future, after an alien attack on Earth that left millions dead, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is among the bright teenagers recruited to fight a decisive, future war. This adaptation of the classic novel suffers from the same problems as The Host and After Earth, two other … Continue reading Ender’s Game

Rango

Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices … Continue reading Rango

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

My Sister’s Keeper

11-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) sues her parents for medical emancipation; she’s tired of having her body used as a spare parts reserve for her cancer-stricken sister (Sofia Vassilieva). Nick Cassavetes knows how to make reasonably compelling films, but his inability to create something that makes them rise above the standard TV movie-of-the-week is obvious in … Continue reading My Sister’s Keeper

No Reservations

LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS MADE TO ORDER.  Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a skillful New York chef who prefers to keep to herself, sees her life change dramatically with the arrival of a new sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) – and a child (Abigail Breslin). Director Scott Hicks makes sure that this remake of the German film Mostly … Continue reading No Reservations

Definitely, Maybe

THREE RELATIONSHIPS, THREE DISASTERS. ONE LAST CHANCE.  In the middle of a divorce, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met three women and which one of them would become her mother. A romantic film that thinks it hits every right button, but rarely does. Definitely bland, maybe charming … Continue reading Definitely, Maybe

Little Miss Sunshine: Volatile Volkswagen Trip

A FAMILY ON THE VERGE OF A BREAKDOWN.  When this film, the directors’ first, was shown at the Sundance Festival, it became such a hit that Fox Searchlight chose to pay $10,5 million for the distribution rights. A lot of money, but the movie did go on to earn close to $60 million in the … Continue reading Little Miss Sunshine: Volatile Volkswagen Trip

Signs

THE FIRST SIGN YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN. THE SECOND SIGN YOU CAN’T IGNORE. THE THIRD SIGN YOU WON’T BELIEVE. Pennsylvania farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) discovers huge circles in his corn field; similar events are taking place all over the world and mankind soon learns that aliens are on their way. Another fantastical concept from M. Night … Continue reading Signs