Tag Archives: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Broken City

PROOF CAN BE A POWERFUL WEAPON. Former NYC cop turned private eye Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by Mayor Nicholas Hofstetler (Russell Crowe) to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones); is she being unfaithful? As you might guess, there’s a lot more beneath the surface in the director’s first big picture without his brother … Continue reading Broken City

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

Chicago: City of Scoundrels

IT BEGAN WITH A HIT…   Premiere once named this as one of the 20 most overrated films of all time. My take is different: Chicago is the greatest screen musical of the decade. Especially compared to Moulin Rouge! (2001), Baz Luhrmann’s hugely popular but exhausting jukebox musical. At the time, some critics considered Luhrmann’s … Continue reading Chicago: City of Scoundrels

Red 2

THE BEST NEVER REST. Just as he’s settling down with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) once again finds himself in danger; soon, they’re both joining old friends in the search for a mysterious Cold War-era weapon. This sequel to Red (2010) pales a bit in comparison and begins to resemble an Expendables movie, … Continue reading Red 2

Rock of Ages

NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME. In 1987, small-town girl Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) arrives in Los Angeles and is hired as a waitress at a classic rock club that’s been targeted by the Mayor and his crazy-conservative wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones)… This adaptation of the jukebox musical was a box-office flop in spite of the fact … Continue reading Rock of Ages

Side Effects

ONE PILL CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. After a suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a new, experimental drug for Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) who’s battling depression, but it has weird side effects… What starts out as an intriguing look at psychiatry, drugs and depression turns into a standard thriller in its second half, … Continue reading Side Effects

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

High Fidelity

A COMEDY ABOUT FEAR OF COMMITMENT, HATING YOUR JOB, FALLING IN LOVE AND OTHER POP FAVORITES. Rob Gordon (John Cusack), owner of a small record store in Chicago, is dumped by his girlfriend (Iben Hjejle) and tries unsuccessfully to get over her. The setting in Nick Hornby’s amusing, somewhat angst-ridden British novel has been changed … Continue reading High Fidelity

Intolerable Cruelty

ENGAGE THE ENEMY. The best divorce lawyer (George Clooney) in Los Angeles is hired by a philandering husband, and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) aims to destroy them both. The Coen brothers reunited with Clooney after O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) for a comedy, and the star pretty much plays this new character the same … Continue reading Intolerable Cruelty

Entrapment

THE TRAP IS SET. Insurance investigator Virginia Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) plans on involving Robert MacDougal (Sean Connery), the world’s greatest art thief, in a very complex heist… but who’s playing whom? Englishman Jon Amiel, Scot Connery and Welsh Zeta-Jones come together for an American thriller where the two charismatic stars get to banter. They do … Continue reading Entrapment

Ocean’s Twelve

TWELVE IS THE NEW ELEVEN. Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies on another vacation; the excuse is a story where Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his fellow criminals are confronted by their nemesis (Andy Garcia) and then find themselves in Amsterdam performing another heist. By the time Julia Roberts’s character is goaded into assuming the … Continue reading Ocean’s Twelve

The Terminal

LIFE IS WAITING. When his passport is revoked and the authorities forbid him from leaving the JFK airport, East European tourist Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) creates a life for himself in the terminal. It’s really a tragic story, but Steven Spielberg nevertheless comes up with a romantic comedy. It may be a bit too saccharine, … Continue reading The Terminal