Tag Archives: Isla Fisher

Nocturnal Animals

WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU CAN’T JUST THROW IT AWAY.  Art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) receives a copy of a novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal); she’s immediately drawn into the story about a family that falls victim to three men while driving in the middle of nowhere… Tom Ford’s second film … Continue reading Nocturnal Animals

The Brothers Grimsby

ONE SECRET AGENT. ONE COMPLETE IDIOT. In the middle of an assassination attempt, two British brothers are suddenly reunited for the first time since they were kids – one of them a suave, deadly secret agent, the other a moronic, soccer-loving working-class father of nine. Another Sacha Baron Cohen comedy in the same vein as … Continue reading The Brothers Grimsby

Bachelorette

When Becky (Rebel Wilson) announces to everybody’s surprise that she’s getting married, three cynical friends (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) gather in New York City for a bachelorette party. On the surface this comedy may look like another Hangover (2009) or Bridesmaids (2011), but the formula is less obvious, the palette is darker and … Continue reading Bachelorette

Now You See Me

4 AMAZING MAGICIANS. 3 IMPOSSIBLE HEISTS. 1 BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS NO ILLUSION. Four brilliant magicians seemingly rob a bank in Paris during one of their Las Vegas shows and showers the audience with money from the vault; FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assigned the case. Another heist movie with lots of tricks … Continue reading Now You See Me

The Great Gatsby

CAN’T REPEAT THE PAST? … OF COURSE YOU CAN! In 1922, Nick (Tobey Maguire) takes a job as a bond salesman in New York City and rents a house next to a sprawling Long Island mansion owned by the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) who nurtures an obsession with a woman. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of … Continue reading The Great Gatsby

Rango

Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices … Continue reading Rango

Burke and Hare

NO JOB TOO SMALL. NO BODY TOO BIG. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.  In 1827, two con artists (Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis) learn that there’s money in delivering corpses to an unscrupulous doctor (Tom Wilkinson); so what if they have to help a lot of people die a little faster? John Landis’s first film in 12 years … Continue reading Burke and Hare

The Lookout

WHOEVER HAS THE MONEY HAS THE POWER.  After surviving a horrible car crash (that he caused), Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is rehabilitating back into society… but his brain injury makes him an easy target for a gang of criminals. Scott Frank’s directing debut is a taut thriller about the preparations for and subsequent execution of … Continue reading The Lookout

Definitely, Maybe

THREE RELATIONSHIPS, THREE DISASTERS. ONE LAST CHANCE.  In the middle of a divorce, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met three women and which one of them would become her mother. A romantic film that thinks it hits every right button, but rarely does. Definitely bland, maybe charming … Continue reading Definitely, Maybe

i ♥ huckabees

AN EXISTENTIAL COMEDY. Environmentalist Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) hires two “existential detectives” (Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman) to follow him around; the purpose is to learn what life is all about. Director David O. Russell got a little crazy with this comedy that is living its own life without much regard for the audience. The “story” … Continue reading i ♥ huckabees

Scooby-Doo

THROUGHOUT THE AGES, ONE HERO HAS COWERED ABOVE THE REST. The members of Mystery, Inc. have split up but are forced to work together on a case that leads them to Spooky Island. This movie version of the popular 1970s cartoon expects us to know these characters and throws us into an adventure right away. … Continue reading Scooby-Doo

Wedding Crashers

LIFE’S A PARTY. CRASH IT. Divorce mediators John Beckwith and Jeremy Klein (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn) spend their summer crashing weddings as a means of getting laid; trouble arises when John falls in love with one of his targets. Here’s a comedy that goes on too long, becomes too formulaic and doesn’t know what to do … Continue reading Wedding Crashers