A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own
Madonna’s second film as director follows two separate stories that are romantically connected – the love affair between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and a New Yorker’s (Abbie Cornish) budding fascination with it 50 years later. Madonna’s ambitions are high, but her way of presenting the stories is clumsy and unnecessarily pretentious, without ever allowing … Continue reading W.E.
A spoilt heiress (Madonna) and the sailor (Adriano Giannini) she’s been tormenting during a cruise in the Mediterranean are shipwrecked on an island where they reverse roles. Remaking Lina Wertmüller’s classic 1974 film and casting his wife in the lead was a bold endeavor for Guy Ritchie that didn’t pay off. Madonna is amusing as the … Continue reading Swept Away
A poor Argentine girl goes to Buenos Aires, becomes a model and an actress and eventually marries President Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). The focus may lie on the controversial character Evita who was loved by many Argentineans, but taking the real-life turmoil of the time and making it the stuff of Broadway entertainment makes one feel … Continue reading Evita
BEST FRIENDS MAKE THE BEST MISTAKES. Yoga instructor Abbie Reynolds (Madonna) gets drunk one evening and ends up in bed with her equally inebriated best friend Robert (Rupert Everett), who’s actually gay; then she learns she’s pregnant… Here’s a serious drama that tries to examine the concept of modern families, but the filmmakers’ ambitions are … Continue reading The Next Best Thing
TWELVE OUTRAGEOUS GUESTS. FOUR SCANDALOUS REQUESTS. AND ONE LONE BELLHOP, IN HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, WHO’S IN FOR THE WILDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE OF HIS LIFE. Bellboy Ted (Tim Roth) works on New Year’s Eve and has to deal with a bunch of witches, an odd married couple, two young troublemakers and, lastly, … Continue reading Four Rooms
HE’S NEVER BEEN COOLER. After being tortured by the North Koreans for 14 months, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is released and clashes with a British adventurer, Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens). The 20th Bond movie is a 40th anniversary bash with plenty of memorabilia for the fans. But the film is overlong, Stephens’s baddy less than terrifying … Continue reading Die Another Day