Tag Archives: Mandy Moore

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph and his best friend Vanellope enter the Internet, hoping to find a steering wheel and thereby saving the arcade game that is home to Vanellope and many other game characters… The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is an improvement on the original, throwing its characters into an Internet that takes physical form, providing brilliant … Continue reading Ralph Breaks the Internet

Romance & Cigarettes

A SAVAGE MUSICAL. When Kitty (Susan Sarandon) finds out that her ironworker husband (James Gandolfini) had an affair with a seductive saleswoman (Kate Winslet), she throws him out. As a filmmaker, John Turturro usually sets his stories in working-class neighborhoods and puts a twist on what goes on there. This one turns a highly ordinary … Continue reading Romance & Cigarettes

American Dreamz

IMAGINE A COUNTRY WHERE THE PRESIDENT NEVER READS THE NEWSPAPER, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT GOES TO WAR FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, AND MORE PEOPLE VOTE FOR A POP IDOL THAN THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT.  Director Paul Weitz is almost overreaching here. We’re introduced to the quite depressed U.S. President (Dennis Quaid), the cynical host (Hugh Grant) … Continue reading American Dreamz

Southland Tales

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS.  In the near future, America has turned into a police state and a German company offers an energy solution that has unimaginable consequences. The Donnie Darko director delivered a long-winded, confusing snorefest with overly ambitious ideas coupled with too much silliness that was widely derided by critics. A … Continue reading Southland Tales

License to Wed

FIRST CAME LOVE… THEN CAME REVEREND FRANK. Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) agrees to marry Ben and Sadie (John Krasinski, Mandy Moore) but has one condition: they have to participate in his marriage preparation course. You might think that Williams had better judgment, but once again we find him in a movie that doesn’t have one … Continue reading License to Wed

Saved!

HEAVEN HELP US! Mary Cummings (Jena Malone), a good Christian girl who attends a Christian high school, gets pregnant and starts realizing what kind of hypocrites she hangs out with. It’s easy to sympathize with a movie that targets Christian fundamentalism, but director Brian Dannelly goes too far. After spending a lot of time making … Continue reading Saved!

The Princess Diaries

SHE ROCKS. SHE RULES. SHE REIGNS. 15-year-old American Amelia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) learns that her grandmother (Julie Andrews) is actually the Queen of Genovia and that she herself is next in line to the throne. The Pretty Woman director returns to the “My Fair Lady” concept, with another socially awkward girl who is taught how to behave at … Continue reading The Princess Diaries