Tag Archives: Queen Latifah

Girls Trip

YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU CAME. Four friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish) who call themselves ”The Flossy Posse” are reunited after many years for a trip to New Orleans. The kind of film that came in the wake of The Hangover (2009) where friendship is tested and celebrated during an intense … Continue reading Girls Trip

22 Jump Street

THEY’RE NOT 21 ANYMORE. Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are back undercover, this time at a college where they’re looking for a dealer who’s been supplying students with a deadly new drug. The sequel to 21 Jump Street (2012) has such a loose attitude that it’s a wonder the two stars even remember … Continue reading 22 Jump Street

Chicago: City of Scoundrels

IT BEGAN WITH A HIT… Premiere once named this as one of the 20 most overrated films of all time. My take is different: Chicago is the greatest screen musical of the decade. Especially compared to Moulin Rouge! (2001), Baz Luhrmann’s hugely popular but exhausting jukebox musical. Well, some critics considered Luhrmann’s film a breath … Continue reading Chicago: City of Scoundrels

Ice Age: Continental Drift

When the continent breaks apart, Manny and his family and friends are separated; the quest to reunite is fraught with dangers. Much like the third movie, this fourth chapter is in 3D and was a huge hit… but the seams are beginning to show. A sense of fatigue is creeping into the increasingly outlandish adventures … Continue reading Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Dilemma

TWO BEST FRIENDS. NOTHING COULD COME BETWEEN THEM… OR COULD IT? Best friends Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Kevin James) are working on a business deal that’s crucial to their firm when Ronny suddenly one day sees Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) kiss a strange man. Director Ron Howard’s first comedy since Ed tv (1999) is … Continue reading The Dilemma

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

THE SUB-ZERO HEROES ARE BACK, ON AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE… FOR THE AGES.  When he finds three huge eggs, Sid’s parental instincts kick in; however, the eggs belong to a dinosaur who comes looking for them – and takes the whole gang to a land of the lost. It takes a while for this third chapter to … Continue reading Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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

What Happens in Vegas

GET LUCKY.  In Las Vegas, slacker Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) meets Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) who’s just been dumped by her boyfriend; they get drunk… and married… and win a fortune, all of which lead to a variety of annoying consequences. It is easy to like this movie, at least on a superficial level (and … Continue reading What Happens in Vegas

Hairspray

IT WAS A TIME OF TRADITION, A TIME OF VALUES, AND A TIME… TO SHAKE THINGS UP. Baltimore, 1962; plump teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) gets the chance to dance on a popular TV show but faces stiff resistance… not least when she becomes engaged in the civil rights movement. Not really a remake of the … Continue reading Hairspray

Last Holiday

SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS SOMEBODY… AND SHE WAS. Department store salesclerk Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) finds out that a brain tumor will end her life in three months; she quits her job and goes to Karlovy Vary to spend her life savings at a luxurious hotel. The 1950 original benefited from Alec Guinness’s performance … Continue reading Last Holiday