Tag Archives: Juliette Lewis

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

The Evening Star

A STORY ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. In 1988, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) has a strained relationship with her grandchildren and eventually agrees to see a therapist (Bill Paxton). The sequel to Terms of Endearment (1983) desperately tries to rekindle our feelings for that sentimental masterpiece, but never really comes close. MacLaine carries … Continue reading The Evening Star

Due Date

LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.  Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.) is trying to get home in time for his pregnant wife’s delivery in Los Angeles, but his accidental companion on the road, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), keeps getting him into trouble. An obvious rehash of Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) that nevertheless earns its laughs thanks … Continue reading Due Date

The Switch

THE MOST UNEXPECTED COMEDY EVER CONCEIVED.  Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) decides to have a baby on her own, but one drunken evening the donor’s sperm is accidentally ruined and Kassie’s best friend (Jason Bateman) replaces it with his own… without her knowing it. That has to be one of the most contrived plot summaries I … Continue reading The Switch


SOMEONE IS LISTENING TO YOUR THOUGHTS.  In 2024, a huge network of subways has erased the last borders within Europe, but strengthened those against the rest of the world; whenever Roger is inside the complex, he can hear a voice in his head. Director Tarik Saleh ventures into fiction, but it is just as politically … Continue reading Metropia

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

YULE CRACK UP!  As Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) waits for the all-important Christmas bonus, he starts planning for the best Christmas ever with his family. Of course, disaster looms in this third chapter of the series, which is one of Chase’s funniest movies and a modern Yuletide classic. The one ingredient that always works to perfection … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Starsky & Hutch

THEY’RE THE MAN. Two cops (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson) who have completely opposing views on police work team up to bust a drug dealer (Vince Vaughn) who has come up with a new kind of cocaine. Another TV show makes it to the screen; this one ran from 1975-1979 and the Stiller-Wilson duo has changed … Continue reading Starsky & Hutch

Hysterical Blindness

IN THE 80’S, THEY SAID LOVE WAS A BATTLEFIELD… THEY WERE RIGHT. In 1980s New Jersey, a waitress (Gena Rowlands) is enjoying her affair with a man (Ben Gazzara) while her grumpy daughter (Uma Thurman) tries to find someone to love. Director Mira Nair’s first TV movie relies heavily on its cast, which feels like … Continue reading Hysterical Blindness

From Dusk Till Dawn

VAMPIRES. NO INTERVIEWS.  Bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) are trying to make it to Mexico, taking preacher Jacob Fuller’s (Harvey Keitel) family hostage in the process; what they’re not counting on though is vampires. It sounds like a great idea, and some of Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino’s fans ate it up, but … Continue reading From Dusk Till Dawn