Tag Archives: Jennifer Garner

Love, Simon

HE’S DONE KEEPING HIS STORY STRAIGHT.  Teenager Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) hasn’t told anyone yet that he’s gay, but an e-mail conversation that he begins with another closeted boy changes his life. The director’s first feature in eight years is a romantic comedy for teenagers in the vein of John Hughes movies, complete with an … Continue reading Love, Simon

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

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS RUN FROM YOUR PAST. Successful photographer (and male slut) Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is approached by the ghost of his late uncle (Michael Douglas) who tells Connor that he will be visited by girlfriends of the past, present and future. An unusual take on Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. Never genuinely funny or … Continue reading Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Valentine’s Day

A LOVE STORY. MORE OR LESS. If Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards make you go “aww”, then this is a movie for you. Director Garry Marshall and his star-studded cast introduce us to a great number of stories about people and their romantic relationships on the supposedly most love-filled day of the year, most of them … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

The Invention of Lying

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE CAN ONLY TELL THE TRUTH… HE’S JUST INVENTED THE LIE! Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world where everyone is truthful all the time; one day he suddenly tells a lie… and realizes the potential of this invention. The first movie Gervais ever co-directed is a largely formulaic (and … Continue reading The Invention of Lying

Pearl Harbor

DECEMBER 7, 1941 – A SURPRISE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER. Hawaii, 1941; the attack on Pearl Harbor is coming, and two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett) are at odds over an attractive nurse (Kate Beckinsale). This was meant to be director Michael Bay’s own Titanic (1997), a lauded epic with grand visual effects and a … Continue reading Pearl Harbor

Juno: Girl, Interrupted

A COMEDY ABOUT GROWING UP… AND THE BUMPS ALONG THE WAY. Not many strippers start a blog where they write about their profession. Not many strippers are approached by a film producer offering her a book deal for a memoir. Not many strippers begin their new careers as screenwriters by first putting together a draft … Continue reading Juno: Girl, Interrupted

The Kingdom

UNDER FIRE. UNDER PRESSURE. OUT OF TIME. In the wake of a major terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with many U.S. casualties, the FBI secretly sends a team headed by Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) to investigate. Director Peter Berg delivers an entertaining thriller (shot in the United Arab Emirates) that feels like an extended, juiced-up episode … Continue reading The Kingdom


SHE’S THE LAST THING THAT STANDS BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. Mark Miller and his daughter (Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout) are Elektra’s (Jennifer Garner) latest targets, but she decides to switch sides and protect them from an evil organization. The follow-up to Daredevil (2003) focuses on a character that died but is magically resurrected. Elektra’s unhappy childhood hangs like … Continue reading Elektra

Alias: Trust No One

When college student Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) joined SD-6, a secret branch of the CIA, she had no idea that her father already was a CIA agent and that her dead mother was in fact alive, but on the run from the U.S. government after turning into a supervillain in the grandest of James Bond traditions. That was … Continue reading Alias: Trust No One