Tag Archives: Renée Zellweger

Nurse Betty

SHE’S CHASING A DREAM… THEY’RE CHASING HER. When she sees her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) get shot by two hitmen (Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock), small-town waitress Betty Sizemore (Renée Zellweger) enters a state of mind where she believes her favorite character on a TV soap is real… One of Neil LaBute’s most lauded films is this … Continue reading Nurse Betty

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

Appaloosa

FEELINGS GET YOU KILLED. In 1882, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen) are hired to protect a New Mexico town from a vicious rancher (Jeremy Irons) and his men; a woman (Renée Zellweger) complicates the mission. Harris’s second effort as a director almost looks like a one-man job considering the degree of … Continue reading Appaloosa

Monsters vs. Aliens

WHEN ALIENS ATTACK, MONSTERS FIGHT BACK.  On her wedding day, Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is subjected to radiation from a meteorite and grows into a giant; she’s locked up with a bunch of monsters, but they’re all sprung when aliens attack Earth. More than one creature looks like they belong in a 1950s sci-fi flick… … Continue reading Monsters vs. Aliens

Leatherheads

IN THE BEGINNING, THE RULES WERE SIMPLE. THERE WEREN’T ANY. In 1925, football player Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly (George Clooney) tries to make the struggling game popular by finding new sponsors and bringing a war hero (John Krasinski) on the team. Clooney’s third film as a director is an obvious attempt to create a screwball comedy. … Continue reading Leatherheads

Bee Movie

HONEY JUST GOT FUNNY. Barry B. Benson, a honey bee, has just graduated from college, but before he goes to work in the honey industry he ventures out in the human world where he discovers injustices. Jerry Seinfeld’s grand animated project was reportedly not the result of some fully thought-through idea; the premise is very reminiscent … Continue reading Bee Movie

Miss Potter

THE LIFE OF BEATRIX POTTER IS THE MOST ENCHANTING TALE OF ALL. In 1901, Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) finally finds a publisher willing to print “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”; her relationship with the firm’s inexperienced representative (Ewan McGregor) grows into something deeper. The man who brought us Babe (1995) returns for a story that … Continue reading Miss Potter

Down With Love

THE ULTIMATE CATCH HAS MET HIS MATCH. In 1962, Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) writes a book on how women don’t need men to gain happiness, but frequently clashes with a man who thinks she’s dead wrong – playboy journalist Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor). A throwback to the sex comedies of the 1960s (that usually starred … Continue reading Down With Love

Jerry Maguire: Cruise Goes Crazy

EVERYBODY LOVED HIM… EVERYBODY DISAPPEARED. At the time of the release, Jerry Maguire received mostly positive reviews. Now that I’ve revisited the film several years later I have to say I still like it a lot. This is after all perhaps the best example of why we love Tom Cruise in spite of all the craziness. The … Continue reading Jerry Maguire: Cruise Goes Crazy

Shark Tale

BEHIND EVERY LITTLE FISH IS A GREAT WHITE LIE. A wrasse called Oscar becomes mistakenly known for having killed a shark; as his popularity rises, he befriends another shark, Lenny, whose father won’t let him be a vegetarian. One of the Shrek directors is behind this comedy; expect a lot of pop cultural references (not … Continue reading Shark Tale

Cinderella Man

ONE MAN’S EXTRAORDINARY FIGHT TO SAVE THE FAMILY HE LOVED.  When the Depression hits America, renowned boxer Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) loses his privileged life and scrapes by working on the docks… but he gets a second chance. The story about Braddock is a real-life “Rocky” tale, perfect material for the movies. Gripping portrayal of … Continue reading Cinderella Man

White Oleander

WHERE DOES A MOTHER END AND A DAUGHTER BEGIN? After killing her lover, artist Ingrid Magnussen (Michelle Pfeiffer) is sentenced to life in prison, and her daughter (Alison Lohman) ends up in a foster family; they stay in touch, but is that a good thing? This adaptation of an Oprah’s Book Club choice gives you … Continue reading White Oleander