Tag Archives: Christine Baranski

Playing for Time

During World War II, the French singer and pianist Fania Fénelon (Vanessa Redgrave) is sent to Auschwitz where she’s hired to perform together with a women’s orchestra. A critically acclaimed TV movie that came on the heels of the miniseries Holocaust (1978), presented like a play by Arthur Miller. Set in filthy, sparsely furnished camp … Continue reading Playing for Time

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Ten years after Mamma Mia! we’re getting this franchise’s answer to The Godfather, Part II (1974) – the story picks up some time after the first movie, but we also meet Meryl Streep’s character when she was young, headed to that Greek island and met three charming young men during her journey. A thin story … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The Good Wife: Standing by Your Man

Every time there is a political scandal, we recognize the setting. The male politician, who’s been caught cheating, makes an appearance in front of the cameras together with his wife, holding her hand. The devoted woman shows that this is a man who can still be trusted. We certainly remember it from the Clinton era, … Continue reading The Good Wife: Standing by Your Man

A Bad Moms Christmas

Christmas is coming, and the three Chicago moms (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell) face an additional challenge – a visit from their mothers. A quickly assembled sequel likely to satisfy fans of the first movie, even though there’s no real story, just scenes illustrating the many problems between three sets of mothers and two … Continue reading A Bad Moms Christmas

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.  Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes from … Continue reading Into the Woods

The birdcage

COME AS YOU ARE. When Armand Goldman’s (Robin Williams) son is getting married to the daughter of an arch-conservative Republican senator (Gene Hackman), there is one detail that needs to be covered up – the fact that Armand is a gay club owner. This Americanized, Miami-set version of the French La Cage aux Folles (1978) … Continue reading The birdcage

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

Bulworth

BRACE YOURSELF. THIS POLITICIAN IS ABOUT TO TELL THE TRUTH! Running for re-election in 1996, liberal California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty) decides that this is the time to have a breakdown and start telling the truth. In this comedy, Beatty finds an opportunity to tell the world what’s wrong with U.S. politics, attacking … Continue reading Bulworth

The Bounty Hunter

It’s a job. It isn’t personal. Well, maybe a little… Bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is thrilled to learn that the next person he’s hired to track down is his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston), who’s skipped a bond hearing. Another mediocre action-comedy from Andy Tennant, who in this case would have loved to deliver another … Continue reading The Bounty Hunter

Mamma Mia!

A MOTHER. A DAUGHTER. THREE POSSIBLE FATHERS. TAKE A TRIP DOWN THE AISLE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET. Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married on a Greek island and has invited three men to the wedding, one of whom could be her father. The screen adaptation of the smash Broadway hit that is chock-full of … Continue reading Mamma Mia!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

HE PUTS THE GREEN IN MEAN. The green Grinch (Jim Carrey) hates Christmas and the people of Whoville hate him, but a little girl (Taylor Momsen) wants to change that. Director Ron Howard delivers his Toys (1992) or Popeye (1980), i.e. a noisy, expensive disaster of a movie made by a good filmmaker who is suffering from … Continue reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Guru

WHEN HE TALKS, WOMEN LISTEN. Indian dance teacher Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry) leaves his country for the United States where he’s hoping to become a movie star; however, circumstances turn him into a “guru of sex”. Bollywood meets Hollywood in this cheerful but utterly conventional comedy. Watching the fake guru’s escapades in New York are … Continue reading The Guru