Tag Archives: Ellen Barkin

The Cobbler

SAVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD ONE SOLE AT A TIME. A Lower East Side cobbler (Adam Sandler) discovers that when he uses his father’s old stitching machine and tries on the customer’s shoes, he literally becomes this person. After making several critically hailed drama-comedies, director Tom McCarthy hit a brick wall with this fantasy, maybe because he … Continue reading The Cobbler

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. When Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by a billionaire (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang exact revenge. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but here’s a funny thing that often happens when you’re … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen

This Boy’s Life

HE LOOKED LIKE THE IDEAL HUSBAND. HE SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT FATHER. THAT’S JUST WHAT THEY NEEDED. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT THEY GOT. Caroline Wolff (Ellen Barkin) and her teenage son (Leonardo DiCaprio) move to Concrete, Washington where she marries a car mechanic (Robert De Niro)… but he turns out to be a hard-drinking brute. … Continue reading This Boy’s Life

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

FOUR DAYS, THREE NIGHTS, TWO CONVERTIBLES, ONE CITY. Sports writer Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) goes to Vegas with his “lawyer” (Benicio Del Toro) to cover a motorcycle race; they’ve packed the car full of drugs, so they’re ready for a walk on the wild side. Terry Gilliam’s film was based on one of Hunter S. … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Drop Dead Gorgeous

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE GOOD AND THE BAD IS BOUND TO GET UGLY. A documentary film crew is covering a beauty pageant in Minnesota; a one-time winner (Kirstie Alley) will do anything to make her daughter (Denise Richards) the new queen. This is a frustratingly uneven film; tasteful it ain’t, but there are moments when … Continue reading Drop Dead Gorgeous

This Boy’s Life

HE LOOKED LIKE THE IDEAL HUSBAND. HE SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT FATHER. THAT’S JUST WHAT THEY NEEDED. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT THEY GOT. Caroline Wolff (Ellen Barkin) and her teenage son (Leonardo DiCaprio) move to Concrete, Washington where she marries a car mechanic (Robert De Niro)… but he turns out to be a hard-drinking brute. … Continue reading This Boy’s Life

The Fan

FEAR STRIKES. Knife salesman Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) is denied the right to visit his son, and the frustrations in his life turn his vicious attention to ace baseball player Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes). A stalker thriller that tries to be more than just that, but fails miserably. De Niro knows how to intimidate audiences, … Continue reading The Fan