Tag Archives: Griffin Dunne

Ocean’s Eight

EVERY CON HAS ITS PROS. Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison and assembles a gang that will steal a valuable necklace during the Met gala. One decade after Ocean’s Thirteen came this spin-off featuring a fabulous lineup of women. The movie may lack Steven Soderbergh’s touch, but is an improvement on … Continue reading Ocean’s Eight

My Girl

WHEN YOUR DAD’S AN UNDERTAKER, YOUR MOM’S IN HEAVEN, AND YOUR GRANDMA’S GOT A SCREW LOOSE… IT’S GOOD TO HAVE A FRIEND WHO UNDERSTANDS YOU. EVEN IF HE IS A BOY.  Summer, 1972; funeral director Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd) hires a new makeup artist (Jamie Lee Lee Curtis) but at the same time his 11-year-old … Continue reading My Girl

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY.  Opening six months before the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed away one day apart, this documentary examines a close mother-daughter relationship in the twilight of their years after a lifetime of turmoil, including divorces, health issues, addiction and hostility. This being Hollywood, everything played … Continue reading Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

The Accidental Husband

FALLING IN LOVE… EVEN THE EXPERT IS CONFUSED. When New York City firefighter Patrick Sullivan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) fiancée breaks off their engagement after taking advice from a radio host (Uma Thurman), he comes up with a plan to exact revenge… Unconvincing from the start, the plan only leads Morgan and Thurman into one situation … Continue reading The Accidental Husband

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

Dallas Buyers Club

DARE TO LIVE.  In 1985, homophobic electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live; after finally accepting the truth, he looks for ways to get around strict FDA rules. It took seven years for AIDS to finally kill the real-life Woodroof and in the meantime … Continue reading Dallas Buyers Club

Shrink

THE DOCTOR IS OUT. Renowned Beverly Hills psychotherapist Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is having a breakdown, fueled by his drug addiction… but that doesn’t stop him from seeing patients. An independent production made with all the best intentions, but sometimes that’s not enough. The movie introduces us to several people in L.A., many of them … Continue reading Shrink

American Werewolf in London: Moonstruck

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF “ANIMAL HOUSE” – A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANIMAL. When John Landis decided to finally make the horror comedy he wrote ten years earlier, studio bosses allegedly suggested that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi should play the two leads. Landis refused – this was not going to be a film in the … Continue reading American Werewolf in London: Moonstruck

Stuck on You

BROTHERS STICK TOGETHER.  Conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor (Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear) go to Hollywood hoping to make a movie star out of Walt. This time the Farrelly brothers seem more intent than usual on proving that they’re not ridiculing people’s disabilities – so much so they forget to be funny. Some of the … Continue reading Stuck on You