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.
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.
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)
July 15, 2010
Water rushes down the street of the ultramodern glass and steel city. Weird, huh? Even Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't see that every day. Here's what we know: Leo's walking into (he's got his back to us) a big problem (he needs a gun), and he's the only one who can fix it (there's no one else in the poster, and his body covers the answer - that clear, sunny sky breaking through the clouds in the background). But the tagline, which has nothing to do with the image, is the only thing that tells me "Inception" is about the limitless matrix of the Dreamscape - and not a sequel to "Titanic" ("Titanic 2: King of the World")
May 10, 2002 |
A dark, ironic masterpiece, Agnieszka Holland's Europa, Europa is a tale of survival and subterfuge - and acting that literally saves a life - set in the midst, and madness, of World War II. The true story of one Solomon Perel, the Jewish son of a Polish shopkeeper living in Germany, the Oscar-nominated 1990 film, to be shown at the Prince Music Theater, follows the teenager from 1938 to the end of the war, and how he lived through the Holocaust: by...
May 9, 2003 |
The movie year of 2002 saw quite a few revivals from some of its best films. "Far from Heaven" brought back the graceful filmmaking style of the 1950s. "Chicago" jump-started the long-dead movie musical in one, big, beautiful swoop. The grittiness and taut editing techniques of 1970s thrillers found their way into "The Bourne Identity. " In Steven Spielberg's vastly entertaining caper film "Catch Me If You Can" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $29.99), new to video this week, the colorful production design, breezy approach to storytelling and charming anti-hero that were so integral to 1960s cinema make a welcome return.