Tag Archives: James Marsden

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


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

X-Men: Days of Future Past

EVERY HERO, EVERY POWER WILL UNITE. In 2023, most mutants have been wiped out by man-made robots called Sentinels; with the help of Shadowcat (Ellen Page), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to 1973 to kill the Sentinel program before it’s born. A sequel to three X-Men movies (The Last Stand, Wolverine and … Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past

Straw Dogs

EVERYONE HAS A BREAKING POINT. Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner and his wife Amy (James Marsden, Kate Bosworth) move to the Mississippi small town where she grew up, but run straight into a conflict with the locals. There’s an irony in having a character who’d never write cheap horror stories appear in a movie that … Continue reading Straw Dogs

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Death at a Funeral

THIS IS ONE SAD FAMILY. As Aaron Barnes (Chris Rock) is preparing for the funeral of his father, it is gearing up to be a disaster. Only three years after Frank Oz’s hilarious British comedy comes the remake, directed by Neil LaBute who’d already made a mess out of the Wicker Man remake. As it is very close … Continue reading Death at a Funeral


THIS FAIRYTALE PRINCESS IS ABOUT TO MEET A REAL PRINCE CHARMING. A fairy-tale princess is about to marry a handsome prince, but a wicked queen throws her down a well that leads to modern-day Manhattan… This parody (and celebration) of the animated Disney classics starts out as a meticulously, lovingly animated film, but when the princess … Continue reading Enchanted


JOIN THE EVOLUTION. Considering the amount of unsuccessfully adapted comic book adventures, how fortunate that versatile director Bryan Singer felt he was the right guy to take on this Marvel extravaganza. The story takes place a few years into the future. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) runs a school for gifted young mutants who possess special … Continue reading X-Men

27 Dresses

THIS JANUARY, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDE.  Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) loves weddings and has been a bridesmaid 27 times; when her sister (Malin Åkerman) arrives in town, Jane is helpless to watch Tess sink her claws into the man she secretly loves. A romantic comedy that’s meant to be a vehicle for Grey’s … Continue reading 27 Dresses

The Notebook

BEHIND EVERY GREAT LOVE IS A GREAT STORY. Duke (James Garner) spends his day reading Allie (Gena Rowlands) the story of how a young man (Ryan Gosling) met and fell in love with the daughter (Rachel McAdams) of a wealthy couple; their romance turns complicated. In the director’s hands, Nicholas Sparks’s sincerely romantic novel turns … Continue reading The Notebook


IT WAS A TIME OF TRADITION, A TIME OF VALUES, AND A TIME… TO SHAKE THINGS UP. Baltimore, 1962; plump teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) gets the chance to dance on a popular TV show but faces stiff resistance… not least when she becomes engaged in the civil rights movement. Not really a remake of the … Continue reading Hairspray