Tag Archives: Allison Janney

Margaret

17-year-old Manhattan student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) can’t get over the death of a woman who’s run over by a bus; she feels guilty because of a quick interaction between her and the bus driver… Kenneth Lonergan’s second film as director was shot in 2005, but delayed for years because of several lawsuits. The editing … Continue reading Margaret

I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

FITTING IN IS OVERRATED.  After watching a documentary about Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater who in 1994 was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association after a violent attack against her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, screenwriter Steven Rogers became fascinated. He arranged interviews with Harding and her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, who had … Continue reading I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

HOW MUCH SPIN DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? In 1996, the novel ”Primary Colors” was published, a roman à clef depicting then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, with a Southern governor called Jack Stanton standing in for Clinton. The author was anonymous, but considering the insight into the campaign it had to be someone… … Continue reading Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

Nurse Betty

SHE’S CHASING A DREAM… THEY’RE CHASING HER. When she sees her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) get shot by two hitmen (Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock), small-town waitress Betty Sizemore (Renée Zellweger) enters a state of mind where she believes her favorite character on a TV soap is real… One of Neil LaBute’s most lauded films is this … Continue reading Nurse Betty

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Wolf

INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE – ONE GOOD, ONE BEAST. Publishing editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf in Vermont; in the following days, as he falls victim to workplace intrigue, Will realizes that he’s going through strange changes… Jim Harrison, who came up with the story, wasn’t happy about … Continue reading Wolf

The Ice Storm

IT WAS 1973, AND THE CLIMATE WAS CHANGING.  After the romantic intrigues of Sense and Sensibility (1995), director Ang Lee gave us something equally human but colder. We’re drawn into the relationships between teenagers and adults, families who gather in the suburbs in 1973 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kids explore their sexuality and early, … Continue reading The Ice Storm

The Girl on the Train

WHAT YOU SEE CAN HURT YOU.  Alcoholic Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides the train every day and fantasizes about a seemingly perfect couple that she can see from the train; one day she wakes up with bruises and memory loss and learns that the woman she’s been watching has gone missing… This adaptation of the … Continue reading The Girl on the Train

Miracle on 34th Street

EXPERIENCE THE MIRACLE.  A remake of the 1947 Christmas classic where a department store event director (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a friendly, helpful old man (Richard Attenborough) to be Santa… but then he turns out to actually believe in the myth. The film tries to update the story a little bit, but still goes for an … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Minions

BEFORE GRU, THEY HAD A HISTORY OF BAD BOSSES.  After two Despicable Me films, we got a spin-off focusing on the lovable minions, their history of supporting villains through the ages and how they ended up in New York City in the 1960s, met a new boss – and then tried to rob Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading Minions

Finding Dory

AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY SHE PROBABLY WON’T REMEMBER. One year after the events of Finding Nemo (2003), Dory begins to remember a few things about how she got separated from her parents; together with Marlin and Nemo, she sets out to find them. This 3D sequel is stunningly beautiful, showing just how amazingly technology is moving … Continue reading Finding Dory

Spy

In the middle of a crisis for the CIA, the usually desk-bound agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is unexpectedly given the assignment of keeping an eye on an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) with access to a nuke. The Bridesmaids (2011) director reunited with McCarthy and Byrne for another comedy that is way too protracted. But … Continue reading Spy