Review: Another Happy Day

Another Happy Day

Every so often, a movie comes along that completely crushes you. It’s the type of movie that hits every mark on the emotional spectrum. You know what type of film I’m talking about. The movie that leaves you staring at the screen long after the credits have stopped rolling, challenging someone to be the brave audience member to stand first. The movie that makes your soul feel totally drained when you step out of the theater. The movie that MORE

Now Playing: The Artist

The Artist

If you told me last year that I'd be proclaiming a silent B/W film the best picture of 2011, I'd call you crazy but that's exactly what I'm doing! When I was sent a pitch about The Artist a few weeks ago, I watched the trailer and slowly realized that no one was talking! I asked my contact if this happened to be a silent film, he fessed up immediately but was convinced that I'd enjoy it and should definitely see it. Lo and behold, he was MORE

Marilyn Stripped Bare: ‘My Week With Marilyn
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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

It’s no wonder that Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous women of all time. She wasn’t just the star of such classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. Monroe was an international symbol of femininity, sexuality and the American dream. But as is the case with so many stars, the public Marilyn Monroe was very different from her tortured, fragile private persona. Her life followed the classic script MORE

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe: Brilliant!

My Week With Marilyn

If you're a fan of brilliant performances then you simply cannot miss Michelle Williams turn as legendary bombshell Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn which opens on Wednesday! I saw an advance screening last week and was literally blown away by Ms. Williams' incredible portrayal of one of the most prolific yet mysterious celebrities of all-time! Set in 1956, it tells the true story (with some liberties) of when Ms. Monroe came to London to MORE

Now Playing: J. Edgar

J. Edgar

So to be totally honest, I really had no desire to see Clint Eastwood's new film J. Edgar, yet I attended a screening the other night and I was surprisingly thoroughly impressed! Not only was it extremely well done (like most of Eastwood's films), I thought Leonardo DiCaprio did a truly fantastic job (easily a best actor Oscar nomination) at portraying one of the most controversial figures in American history, J. Edgar Hoover. I didn't know all MORE

Yay or Nay: Trespass

Trespass

When you look at the poster for Trespass, a few things stand out. First, you see the type font – suggesting a serious drama. Second, you see Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage – two of the biggest jokes in Oscar-winning history. Third, you see the hilarious suggestion that this movie has potential by the mentioning of their Oscar wins. In Trespass, a family is taken hostage by burglars and nothing really is as it seems. Oh and the hot MORE

Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, best friends Tucker and Dale and a group of college co-eds get into a big misunderstanding while vacationing nearby in the woods. When one of the students gets hurt, Tucker and Dale rescue her. Unfortunately, her friends mistook them for scary murderous hicks and wage war – only killing themselves in the end. Walking into the screening, I was very nervous. Was this going to be an awesomely bad budget film or just a MORE

Thoughts on ‘Melancholia’

Melancholia

Last week I saw a screening of Danish director / screenwriter Lars von Trier's new film Melancholia (which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this year) and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the apocalyptic drama since! First off, it was probably the most depressing film I've ever seen but was also extremely beautiful and thought-provoking (plus it was way better than his last brutal outing Antichrist). The acting was off the hook, MORE

Should you go see ‘Our Idiot Brother’?

Our Idiot Brother

In Our Idiot Brother, Paul Rudd plays Ned, who is just that: an idiot. After going to jail for dealing marijuana to a uniformed cop, he is dumped by his girlfriend and has to figure out his life. The movie follows Ned as he crashes through each of his sisters’ lives like a hurricane, leaving collateral damage every stop along the way. The big frustration with Our Idiot Brother is how it never meets its serious potential. Its indie cred MORE

Review: Friends With Benefits

Friends With Benefits

If you're a fan of romantic comedies then Friends With Benefits could be right up your alley. I'll let everyone know right now that these kind of movies usually don't float my boat but I was quite pleasantly surprised with this one. Plus I knew that cutie director Will Gluck was at the helm, and he did such an awesome job with Easy A (starring Emma Stone who makes a cameo appearance in this film), this turned out to be quite fun as well. The main MORE

Beginners: Now in theaters!

Beginners

While in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an advance screening of Beginners, directed by Mike Mills and starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent. Don’t worry, there’s no spoilers in here ... everything I mention is explained within the first few minutes of the movie. The film follows the life of Oliver (McGregor) after two fairly large life occurrences, the death of his elderly (and MORE

Go see ‘Bridesmaids’!

Bridesmaids

If you're a fan of funny, you seriously need to go see Bridesmaids if you haven't already! I wasn't all that keen on seeing it but the buzz on Twitter was overwhelmingly positive and so I simply had to go see what all the fuss was about. Of course, I also happen to be a huge fan of Kristen Wiig (best known for Saturday Night Live) who totally carries the film, her funny bits are side-splitting. Bridesmaids is an R-rated comedy directed at a MORE

‘Scream 4′ is totally fun!

Neve Campbell - Scream 4

This afternoon I took myself to see Scream 4, I hadn't seen a movie in months and I was itching for something fun and a break from reality, this fit the bill perfectly! It's been ten years since Scream 3, and I'm thrilled the franchise is back, stronger than ever. It wasn't mind-blowing or genre changing by any means but it's such a good time. Thankfully Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox reprised their now infamous roles, without MORE

‘Black Swan’ will freak you out! Go see it!

A few weeks ago, I caught an advance screening of director Darren Aronofsky's new film Black Swan, and I loved it! It's a totally taut psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! I was thoroughly freaked out, and blown away by the performances! I'm betting that Natalie Portman will nab an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and Barbara Hershey will be nominated for Best Supporting Actress - plus Mila MORE