Tag Archives: Julia Roberts

Flatliners

IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S EROTIC. IT’S TERRIFYING. THEY KNOW. THEY’VE CROSSED THE LINE. Five medical students begin experimenting with what happens right after you die by flatlining for one minute until the others resuscitate. A thriller with horror elements as each student who participates in the experiments is haunted by something awful from their past that … Continue reading Flatliners

Albert Finney, 1936–2019

A great actor and movie star, Albert Finney, is dead at the age of 82. In the clip above, an interview from 1984, he talks about finding the right way to play then-Pope John Paul II in a TV movie, adopting advice from John Gielgud who told him to borrow a few physical details or … Continue reading Albert Finney, 1936–2019

Money Monster

WHO’S IN CONTROL? During a live broadcast of a financial talk show, a distraught young man (Jack O’Connell) takes the host (George Clooney) hostage and blames him for the loss of his savings. After directing episodes of TV shows, Jodie Foster returned to the silver screen with this thriller-drama that’s largely set in a TV … Continue reading Money Monster

Notting Hill

CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill

Conspiracy Theory

WHAT YOU KNOW COULD KILL YOU.  Half-crazed New York City cab driver Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is obsessed with conspiracy theories, but this time he seems to be on to something, as Justice Department lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) realizes. Gibson reunited with his Lethal Weapon director to play a role that has Martin Rigg’s … Continue reading Conspiracy Theory

August: Osage County

MISERY LOVES FAMILY. When the Weston family patriarch (Sam Shepard) disappears one day, the oldest daughter (Julia Roberts) goes back to her childhood home in Oklahoma; she’s never been able to get along with her pill-popping mother (Meryl Streep). The very dark hit play gets its equally claustrophobic film adaptation. Featuring strong, in some cases … Continue reading August: Osage County

Eat Pray Love

LET YOURSELF GO THIS AUGUST. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) has pretty much everything, but is still unhappy and feels lost – perhaps a culinary trip to Italy, a bit of praying in India and a love affair in Bali will take care of things? Gilbert’s Oprah-endorsed new age book gets its inevitable film adaptation that … Continue reading Eat Pray Love

Larry Crowne

When Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) loses his job at a big-box store, he decides to get a college education and ends up in a public-speaking class taught by the cynical Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). Hanks’s second film as a director (after that thing you do! (1996)) is an old-fashioned romantic comedy that takes place in the shadow of … Continue reading Larry Crowne

Duplicity

OUTWIT. OUTSPY. OUTSMART. OUTPLAY. THEN GET OUT. Two corporate spies (Julia Roberts, Clive Owen) get mixed up in a high-stakes game between two rival corporations… and each other. Director Tony Gilroy followed up on the success of Michael Clayton (2007) with another film featuring Tom Wilkinson, New York locations and a James Newton Howard score… … Continue reading Duplicity

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