Tag Archives: Jessica Biel

Total Recall

WHAT IS REAL? In the future, when the Earth is divided into two habitable territories, factory worker Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) is having strange dreams of being a secret agent… This remake of the 1990 film ditches the whole Mars setup of the original, but the really damning part is how the filmmakers abandon almost … Continue reading Total Recall

Hitchcock

BEHIND EVERY PSYCHO IS A GREAT WOMAN. Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is on top of his game, but when he decides to turn a real-life story about a deranged murderer who shared a bed with his dead mother into a movie, he’s in for a challenge. The story of how Psycho (1960) risked ending the … Continue reading Hitchcock

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

The A-Team

THERE IS NO PLAN B. As U.S. forces are preparing to leave Iraq after the war, a team of rowdy Army Rangers led by Colonel “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson) are given a clandestine mission that turns out to be a trap. The big-screen adaptation of the 1983-1987 TV series introduces a new cast that enthusiastically … Continue reading The A-Team

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

THEY’RE AS STRAIGHT AS CAN BE, BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE.  In order to guarantee benefits for his kids in case of death, fire fighter Larry Valentine (Kevin James) talks his closest buddy (Adam Sandler) into marrying him in order to get domestic partnership rights. It’s a disappointment to see the names of Alexander Payne and … Continue reading I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

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 Illusionist

NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS. In turn-of-the-century Vienna, the illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) impresses and upsets the royal court, including the woman (Jessica Biel) set to marry the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell). Philip Glass’s spellbinding music and Dick Pope’s shadowy, autumnal cinematography enshroud this intriguing tale of love, power and magic. A good cast, although … Continue reading The Illusionist

Elizabethtown

IT’S A HECK OF A PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF. Terminated shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) goes to Kentucky to bury his father; in this time of crisis, he stays in touch with a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). It’s obvious that director Cameron Crowe is emotionally invested in this story, but somehow he doesn’t get … Continue reading Elizabethtown

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT FEAR… DOESN’T EVEN COME CLOSE. This occasionally humorous remake is a celebration of the original with the same kind of nasty, sadistic atmosphere. A picture is painted of the Texas countryside as utterly degenerate, and particularly R. Lee Ermey seems to enjoy a part that is so typical of him, that … Continue reading The Texas Chainsaw Massacre