January 10, 1997 |
No matter that you're weeping buckets (and you will). Tears cannot tarnish the sterling performances in Marvin's Room, a sandwich-generation stressfest relieved by truly magical acting. Lee and Bessie are sisters. That they are played by Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton tells you something about a gene pool that can produce a hard-bitten beautician who shrugs off new burdens and the cuddly caregiver whose arms are always open. The two, who have avoided contact for 20 years, have been busy doing the responsibility juggle.
December 17, 2013 |
AMID THE Martin Scorsese -directed '90s debauchery of "The Wolf of Wall Street" lies . . . the Temple University Diamond Band. In their underwear. It turns out, Temple's finest have a scene in "Wolf," starring Leonardo DiCaprio , Matthew McConaughey and Cherry Hill's own Cristin Milioti (whom you may know as The Mother on "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS). The film features DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort , chronicling his rise from high-flying stockbroker to his eventual fall from grace after defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars.
July 17, 2010
Inception Christopher Nolan's puzzle film focuses on dream invaders (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page) who plant ideas in the unconscious. Overcomplicated, but fascinatingly structured. PG-13 I Am Love Operatic Italian family drama set in Milan and San Remo, starring the matchless Tilda Swinton as a matriarch whose life is transformed by a chance encounter with a friend of her grown son. R Toy Story 3 Andy's off to college - but will his toys go to the attic or the trash?
September 17, 2010
GIMME FIVE "Toy Story 3" recently passed the $1 billion mark, making it the top-grossing animated movie ever, and one of the top five movie releases of all time. Here's the list: 1. "Avatar" (2009) James Cameron's sci-fi epidemic capitalized on its breakthrough cinematic technology. $2.7 billion. 2. "Titanic" (1997) Romance and appealing actors - Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - fueled this James Cameron-directed movie ship. $1.8 billion. 3. "Lord of the Rings, Return of the King" (2003)
August 24, 2007 |
The 11th Hour . 1/2 Directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures. 1 hour, 31 mins. PG (some violence). Playing at Ritz East. Why Al Gore is a great movie star, Exhibit A: The 11th Hour. Even with no less celestial a presence than Leonardo DiCaprio producing and occasionally showing up on screen, this compendium of talking heads and (mostly) stock footage, sometimes oddly juxtaposed, feels like a lecture compared to An Inconvenient Truth, which was a filmed lecture.
February 12, 2012 |
Leonardo DiCaprio likes his coffee smooth - a light roast, nectar-like, no bitterness. Just ask Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe Iberti, who spent more than a year perfecting a blend to suit the palate of the Hollywood star. The founding partners of La Colombe, the Philadelphia-based roastery with cafés here and in New York and Chicago, paid repeated visits to DiCaprio's West Hollywood abode to brew him single-batch roasts and to test blends, working to come up with a new La Colombe label that would bear DiCaprio's signature.
January 10, 1997 |
There's a car driving on a sandy beach. Two people are in the car. They are bonding. Is it "The Evening Star"? Is it "Some Mother's Son"? Is it "Marvin's Room"? Yes to all three, although this instant cliche weighs most heavily on "Marvin's Room," the third movie out of the holiday gate, and therefore the most vulnerable to an intrusive sense of deja vu. The movie stars Diane Keaton as a spinster living in a modest Florida bungalow, caring for her bedridden father (Hume Cronyn)
February 19, 2010 |
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island is a bucket of artisanal popcorn, an expertly made snack of kernels culled from the cobs of Alfred Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan. Set in 1954 on an island off Boston, the film follows the investigation of U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) into the disappearance of a patient from the fortress hospital for the criminally insane. Atmospherically, this psycho-thriller adapted from Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel makes a case that insanity is catching.