Tag Archives: Elisabeth Shue

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

The Karate Kid

HE TAUGHT HIM THE SECRET TO KARATE LIES IN THE MIND AND HEART. NOT IN THE HANDS.  Teenager Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) move with his mother to California, meets a girl, makes enemies with the young members of a local karate dojo, and befriends a mysterious, elderly Japanese repairman (Noriyuki Pat Morita). John G. Avildsen … Continue reading The Karate Kid

The Saint

CUNNING. DEVIOUS. DANGEROUS. TREACHEROUS.  Professional thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) is hired by a Russian oligarch (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a cold fusion formula, but falls in love with the chemist (Elisabeth Shue) who discovered it. This big-screen adaptation of Leslie Charteris’s character strays from the 1962-1969 TV series starring Roger Moore, but could have … Continue reading The Saint

CSI: Dead Men Do Tell Tales

In the fall of 2000, a remake of the old thriller series The Fugitive (1963-1967) was expected to be a hit. It was what CBS believed in. Audiences couldn’t care less, but they did like the new show slated after The Fugitive. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation quickly became a sensation and in spite of its … Continue reading CSI: Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Hope Springs

After 31 years, Kay Soames (Meryl Streep) is tired of her stale marriage and drags her grumpy husband (Tommy Lee Jones) to a marriage counsellor (Steve Carell) in Maine. Marketed as a comedy (probably because of Carell’s history), this is in fact a drama that addresses the challenges that lie ahead for any couple that … Continue reading Hope Springs

Piranha

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER.  Not really a remake of the original Piranha (1978) as much as a cheap, humorous 3D thrillride that wants to evoke memories of Jaws (1975), complete with Elisabeth Shue as a very Brody-esque small-town sheriff and Richard Dreyfuss in a glorified cameo as “Matt”. Definitely not exciting (and unfortunately not … Continue reading Piranha

Hide and Seek

COME OUT, COME OUT, WHATEVER YOU ARE. After the death of his wife, New York City psychologist David Callaway (Robert De Niro) moves to the countryside with his daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning)… but the girl gets an “imaginary” friend who may have sinister motives. A chiller that starts promisingly, but pretty soon loses its way. … Continue reading Hide and Seek

Back to the Future Part III

THEY’VE SAVED THE BEST TRIP FOR LAST… BUT THIS TIME THEY MAY HAVE GONE TOO FAR.   Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is stuck in 1885 and will be murdered, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) learns, unless he can travel back in time from 1955 and warn the good Doc. The final chapter in this time-traveling trilogy … Continue reading Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part II

GETTING BACK WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Immediately upon returning from 1955, Marty and Doc Brown (Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd) go to 2015 in order to stop disastrous events from ruining the future for Marty’s family. Director Robert Zemeckis portrays the future in an artificial and silly way without the kind of love and credibility that … Continue reading Back to the Future Part II