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Highlights at the Movies 2019

Let’s take a look at the Hollywood movies that are going to draw crowds (or simply attention for one reason or other) in the U.S. throughout 2019. As always, premieres are more than likely to change.  January Glass: M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). Serenity: Steamy thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and … Continue reading Highlights at the Movies 2019

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. At the time, some critics considered Luhrmann’s … 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

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

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

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

SAME BRIDGET. BRAND NEW DIARY. Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is very happy with Mark (Colin Firth), but trouble is brewing in the shape of jealousy – and the return of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). This sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) is the kind of film that doesn’t demand your full attention. Never abandoning the formula, … Continue reading Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones’s Diary

IT’S MONDAY MORNING. BRIDGET HAS WOKEN UP WITH A HEADACHE, A HANGOVER AND HER BOSS. There was a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to make something good out of Helen Fielding’s bestseller, which portrayed a 32-year-old Londoner who sensed the time had come to choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong. Fortunately, Richard Curtis … Continue reading Bridget Jones’s Diary